Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: The Glass is Greener…

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Not Far From the Treesummary: apples galore; apple juice; fried apples; lost images; McIntosh (or perhaps Spartan?) apples picked for Not Far From the Tree on 31 August 2015 in a backyard of Toronto: in 2 hours, 5 of us picked a little over 150 lbs in all (1/3 of the fruit went to the tree owner, 1/3 was shared by the pickers, and 1/3 was delivered by bicycle to be donated to a food bank, shelter, or community kitchen in the neighbourhood).

We cannot get over how green the juice from these apples is! It looks almost the same colour as green grape juice! The flavour is spectacular: fresh, tart but sweet, and appley. Step aside Allen’s brand; you have been replaced!

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When we were picking the apples, we talked about what we were going to do with our shares. One woman immediately said, “apple sauce” and the others immediately agreed. I said I thought I wanted to do something savoury. One of the others got excited and told us about an apple chutney she had made. It sounded great. But do I remember what she said she used? Of course not!

apples But I’m not quite as dumb as I look; I did remember the savoury idea for the apples. We were having Indian food that night and we had fried apples – Indian style. T made them by adding turmeric, brown mustard and cumin seeds. The apples were delicious with lentils, cabbage, eggplant, okra and Basmati rice!

Then, the other night, as I was about to stir-fry our garden Swiss chard for dinner, I decided to add some sliced, cored (but unpeeled) apples. There was a red pepper in the fridge too; I added that as well, along with a couple of green chilies cut into coins. And some thinly sliced onion. And some brown mustard seeds. And some garlic. And a little rice vinegar. And some tarragon from the garden. And a little goat cheese for garnish.

It was spectacularly beautiful. It was spectacularly delicious.

I was going to display a photo of the stunningly beautiful pan. I took about 5 shots from various angles. But yesterday, when we went to fetch the photos from the camera, inexplicably, all of those pictures were missing. They just disappeared! Goodness how sad!

And now I’ll have to wait a few days until the Swiss chard replenishes itself, before I can make it again. I hope there will still be some apples left!

McIntosh (mid September to May) Discovered in 1800 as a chance seedling by John McIntosh of Dundela, Ontario. Medium size with irregular round shape, it’s a green apple with a red splash and white, juicy flesh. Mildly tart, with sweetness as it ripens. Excellent for sauces, pies or eating fresh.
-Ontario Apple Growers (, Ontario Apple Varieties



Not Far From the Tree Not Far From the Tree

“Not Far From the Tree” is a Toronto organization that includes a residential fruit-picking program to pick fruit (with permission, of course) that would otherwise go to waste.

There are lots and lots of fruit trees in Toronto!! Bearing fruit that is eaten by birds, squirrels and raccoons. If you have such a tree and would like the animals to share the fruit with people, please do contact “Not Far From the Tree”. They will send a team of pickers to clean up your yard of fallen fruit and pick the good fruit that is still in the tree. The harvested fruit is divided evenly into 3 portions: one third going to the tree owners, one third going to the volunteer pickers and the final third going to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens.

For more information about NFFtT and how you can donate your time and/or share your fruit, please go to

And if you like apples, please be sure to go to the annual City Cider event at Spadina House, Toronto.

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Beneath colourful flags, amongst crowds and laughter, with ethereal melodies echoing from beyond a grand garden, rickety direction posts pointing the way to festive places, kids with painted faces, croquet, crafts and bee hives, cider pressed from apples that grew above us, the hard stuff poured by the hands that made it. This September will mark the 5th Annual City Cider Festival, Toronto’s premier fruit harvest celebration and fundraiser for Not Far From the Tree.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 12 to 5 pm – rain or shine
Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto

$8 in advance | $10 at the gate
FREE for children under 12

Admission includes museum entrance!




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