Monday, October 08, 2007
Butia Capitata Jelly
There is a new undertaking going on in "Granma's Kitchen."
Grandson gathered the fruit of a Butia Capitata in our front yard. We decided to make Butia Palm Fruit Jelly. Any self-respecting southern male of the 21st Century should know how to make palm jelly, right?
The palm tree in our front yard was loaded with golden "fruits." We bravely tested one - tastes like an apricot with lemon juice in it, and its a tad bit "smokey." What fun!
This will be like some of the crazy things the kids and I did in Iowa like searching for a pig head in order to make head cheese. Never did find one. Thank goodness. We made sauerkraut, because I did not think the old arts should die out. One of my daughters thinks these activities are totally senseless as long as there is a Walmart about.
But I'm thinking, weren't the old ways more conserving of our planet's resources? And speaking of resourcefulness - I'll let you know how the jelly turns out! Gads, none of us even like jelly. But a challenge is a challenge. Maybe, if it turns out, we can use it for the science project? or gifts for northern friends? (Hmmm, I remember the boiled peanuts one year went over like lead balloons - don't worry, I won't afflict anyone with butia jelly!) Anyway, the boy is excited!!!!!