Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ugly Myrtle's glory time!

The New Zealand Cranberry (myrtus ugni or Chilean guava) is a wonder of productivity at this time of the year and I treated mine to their first pick today. I have two bushes, one in the bird-proof blueberry cage, the other between the apple trees and benefitting from the hammock of netting between them. Having said that, I'm not sure that the birds go for this fruit, but am not about to find out by experimenting!

It's a funny little fruit, you eat the little leafy bit on the end as well, it's sweet and absolutely delicious as a snack or in the breakfast bowl with cereal, or with ice cream! The berries are ready when you can roll them off with your fingers and when they taste so sweet you could happily sit and eat them as you pick!
First pick of the cranberries with the last few blueberries