PLANT SPOTLIGHT: Persimmon (Diospyros)

 PERSIMMON TREE FACTS Asian Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is native to China, where it has been cultivated for centuries.  Korea and Japan have also been centers of its cultivation, and it was introduced to California in the mid 1800’s. Asian Persimmons usually grow between 13-20 ft tall and wide and are self-fertile.  At our community orchards, … Continue reading PLANT SPOTLIGHT: Persimmon (Diospyros)

Getting Creative with Fall Foraging: Crabapples and Gingko Nuts and Leaves

If you’ve walked around the streets of Philadelphia in the fall, you’ve likely seen the gorgeous foliage and decor of crabapple and gingko trees. Although these trees are popular in urban landscapes and beyond, they are oft-overlooked as sources of foraged food. During this fall season, we encourage you to get creative and harvest these … Continue reading Getting Creative with Fall Foraging: Crabapples and Gingko Nuts and Leaves

Orchard-themed Holiday Gift Idea: Easy Apple Pie Filling

Post prepared by POP Education Committee Member, Karen Stark, GMO Free PA. I love apple season–the sight of reddening fruit hanging heavy from trees as the leaves change; the first bite of a tart, crisp apple picked straight from a tree; apple-cider and apple cider donuts; and all of the apple-themed recipes. Extend the autumnal warmth a … Continue reading Orchard-themed Holiday Gift Idea: Easy Apple Pie Filling

Preservation: Canning Safety and Summer Recipes

Whether you’re making jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, fruit butters, shrubs, sauces or something else – canning is a great way to preserve the abundance of the harvest to enjoy throughout the year! Intro to Canning Safety Ensuring that the food you’re eating is free from things that will make you sick is extremely important. If … Continue reading Preservation: Canning Safety and Summer Recipes

Fall Canning Recipes

Jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, fruit butters, sauces and more!  Canning is another great way to preserve fruit to enjoy throughout the year. . .   Intro to Canning Safety   Ensuring that the food you’re eating is free from things that will make you sick is extremely important. If you’re new to canning but have … Continue reading Fall Canning Recipes