The Rosella harvest has begun
My rosella plants are beckoning for attention. Once again this morning I have been sidetracked from writing the difficult conclusion to my latest family history chapter by my garden, specifically my rosellas. As Neil and I wander around the garden, our freshly brewed coffee in hand, and with rain showers imminent, he remarks that some of the rosellas look as if they are ready to be harvested. After all he has some experience in this area having volunteered once when he was in his still in his teens to assist a struggling family near Byfield, Yeppoon, with harvesting their rosella farm. So of course I quickly perform a couple of google searches, and yes it looks like some of them are ready although there still isn't that much information on when to precisely harvest this precious commodity. Three weeks after flowering seems to be the consensus of opinion, when the fleshy red calyx, is surrounding a still green seedpod, however when all of the flowers erupt at different times this is a difficult thing to gauge.Also, all of the fruit are different sizes, some nice and large, some quite small, even though their seedpods are nice and green and are calling out to me to be picked. So I oblige.
I grew quite a few rosellas last year and found that the harvesting was indeed staggered. I dried them for tea though, so it didnt matter. If you are making jam I imagine you would want to harvest them in one go.ReplyDelete
I am freezing them as I pick them and when I have enough I'll make jam. That is supposed to work. I would like to try drying them to make tea though. Must try that one day. Thanks. PaulineDelete