How can we be in March already?

Mmmmmm.
Its early march and Im already exited at what is springing up in the local shops. My watermelon seeds are sprouting and hopefully in a few months time will produce luscious fruit, unless the puppy manages to jump the fence and dig them up. Fruit and veg is overloaded with the freshest and ripest of this season, and for the chef the best inspiration is whats fresh and in season.

March
VegetablesAubergines ,Avocadoes, Beetroot, Baby Marrow,
Butter beans, Butternut, Cabbage, Carrots,
Celery, Chillies, Chives, Cucumber,
Endive, Garlic, Green beans, Hubbard Squash,
Leeks, Lettuce, Mealies, Mushrooms,
Okra, Onions, Parsley, Parsnips,
Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Spinach,
Squash, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes,
Turnips.

Fruit
Apples, Bananas, Chestnuts, Granadillas,
Figs, Grapes, Grapefruit, Lemons,
Mangoes, Melons, Pears, Pineapples,
Plums, Pomegranate, Prickly Pears, Quinces, Spaanspek, Summer Berries, Watermelon.


Granadilla Syrup. This recipe is from Annie's mum Wendy, who is an avid herb and fruit gardener, like myself. Our Granadilla is going a bit nuts and fruiting for Africa and this is the perfect topping for icecreams or fabulous served like a cordial with fizzy lemonade.
6 granadillas hulled (seeds and juices removed and in a bowl)
equal amount sugar and water to make a simple syrup to taste depending on amount of granadillas ( eg 5oml each)
Melt the sugar in the water on the stove, heat until all sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool and add to taste to the granadilla pulp. You can sieve the resulting syrup to remove the seeds, but I think it adds a lovely crunch to the cordial. Enjoy!
Granadilla sorbet
You can also make a Granadilla sorbet. Make a large amount of the syrup, say 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, adding some lemon juice (half a lemon) boil as above and add granadilla juice of 10 granadillas and strain out the pips.
Freeze in a shallow container, stirring every 2 hours to break up the crystals. after stirring 4 times, leave overnight. By morning you should have a smooth sorbet. Or, churn in an icecream churner (if you are lucky to have one).
Mmmmmmmm.

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