Har­vest­ing best tips, recipes

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

There is a real re­vival of in­ter­est in ‘‘grow­ing your own’’, know­ing where your food comes from and what it con­tains.

For those join­ing this trend, late sum­mer is the sea­son for squir­relling away good­ies grown in the gar­den or bought at farm­ers’ mar­kets, so they can be en­joyed long af­ter the harvest is over.

The just-re­leased book, A Good Harvest – Recipes from the Gar­dens of Ru­ral Women New Zealand, is packed with in­for­ma­tion that will help you make the most of sea­sonal abun­dance and ex­plains how to grow a bumper crop in the first place.

It in­cludes more than 300 favourite recipes col­lected from coun­try kitchens across New Zealand for jams, chut­neys, sauces, rel­ishes, pesto, mari­nades, cakes and more.

But this is more than a recipe book.

A Good Harvest takes readers from plant­ing to plate and all the steps in be­tween.

It is ar­ranged in chap­ters based on the in­di­vid­ual fruit and vegetable, with plant­ing and grow­ing tips and va­ri­ety choices.

The book also in­cludes step-by-step in­struc­tions on bot­tling, jam mak­ing and other pre­serv­ing meth­ods.

A Good Harvest – Recipes from the Gar­dens of Ru­ral Women New Zealand is pub­lished by Ran­dom House and is a com­pan­ion vol­ume to A Good Spread – Recipes from the Kitchens of Ru­ral Women New Zealand (2010).

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