Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Loquats are delicious and you can forage or trade for them throughout parts of CA. So make some chutney and you're welcome to use my original, hand-drawn label to dress up the jars, too.
I've always wanted to try making maraschino cherries (a guilty pleasure) so when I saw this luscious recipe a few weeks ago, I knew the time had come. Ran out and bought a cherry pitter the very next day. And it turned out to be so very easy!
Sugar maples yield delicious syrup in late February and early March - a magical (if time-consuming) process.