Sunday, 3 March 2013

The almond harvest

ripe almonds

In late September our landlord and his sister in law arrived to harvest the almonds.
Huge sheets were arranged on the slopes and long bamboo poles were used to whack the almonds out of the trees.
Once down , the almonds were shaken into the middle of  the sheets and we sat on the ground to pick out the leaves and twigs.
The landlord gave us about 5 kilos and Mark and I broke off the outer casings and with trial and error ,learnt how to crack almonds.
(Put them on up on the long ridge and bang the narrow end with a small hammer.)
I roasted most of them and although small , they were delicious.
After all that work I had 3 jam jars full!

The almond trees are in bloom again and so beautiful.

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