Definitely not tomatoes

Want to talk about fruit and nuts? Got any problems? Here's your place to post.
User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4837
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287751 Odsox
Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:10 pm

No idea what they are, just found them in the polytunnel. :scratch:
They're sweet, but they're definitely not tomatoes.

Not tomatoes.jpg
Not tomatoes.jpg (155.93 KiB) Viewed 1357 times
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Brewtrog
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 234
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:17 pm
Location: Warrington

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287754 Brewtrog
Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:12 pm

Unfermented wine by my eye

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 8325
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287755 Green Aura
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:40 am

Yes, left to rot in a bucket of water, they become quite dangerous. I've heard you shouldn't operate heavy machinery after consumption.

Or lots of raisins? Looks like a good haul either way.
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

User avatar
bonniethomas06
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1245
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:24 am
Location: Wiltshire, UK

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287757 bonniethomas06
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:20 pm

Wow! They are straight out of a romance era still life! Beautiful!
"A pretty face is fine, but what a farmer needs is a woman who can carry a pig under each arm"

My blog...

http://www.theparttimesmallholder.blogspot.com

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4837
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287760 Odsox
Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:11 pm

Green Aura wrote:Or lots of raisins?

Yes, that's exactly what's going to happen to most of them.
I'm very pleased with this vine, I planted it it February 2014 and last year it had half a dozen small bunches to taste, but this year it has at least 30 full sized bunches.

There's also these ones which will be turned into sultanas or juice, and there's well over 100 bunches of those. Very useful to have, raisins & sultanas for cakes and buns, several litres of juice to sweeten stewed fruit and grapes in our muesli from now till October.

Not tomatoes2.jpg
Not tomatoes2.jpg (214.07 KiB) Viewed 1324 times
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
diggernotdreamer
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 1769
Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:23 pm
Location: North West Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287761 diggernotdreamer
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:33 pm

How lovely. The grape vine cuttings you sent me rooted really well and started leafing up, they were in the tunnel and then we had a really hard frost in May and they bought it, absolutely gutted. Do you do any special pruning to them or just let them get on with it

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4837
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287762 Odsox
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:57 am

That's a shame, I'll send you some more next winter if you like (and anyone else who would like some)
As to pruning, I'm still extending the black grape. At the moment it's has 2 horizontal branches from the main stem and then those 2 are turned 90 degrees up the tunnel hoops, and next year I will extend one horizontal to go over the third hoop.
After that it's a case of stopping it taking over by cutting all the rampant growth off about once a month.
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4837
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287812 Odsox
Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:24 am

I just realised that I took a photo with that grape vine in it back in May, what a difference a couple of months make.
You wouldn't think it would have 30 large bunches by now.

WPT.jpg
WPT.jpg (154.11 KiB) Viewed 1266 times
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4837
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287855 Odsox
Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:08 pm

Start of harvest time. 4.5 Kg of picked grapes just about to treated then dehydrated into yummy raisins.
I estimate that's about a quarter of this year's crop. Not bad for a 2 year old vine.

Grapes.jpg
Grapes.jpg (130.18 KiB) Viewed 1231 times
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 8325
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287862 Green Aura
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:35 am

How are the pips? We had an outdoor vine back in Manchester which produced lovely tasting dessert grapes. The only trouble was the pips were huge in comparison to the size of the grape. It was presumably down to their growing conditions.
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4837
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287864 Odsox
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:53 am

Both the black grapes and the white are seedless varieties.
Can't be doing with pips. :iconbiggrin:
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 8325
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287866 Green Aura
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:06 am

Good thinking, Batman.
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

ina
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 7697
Joined: Sun May 22, 2005 9:16 pm
Location: Kincardineshire, Scotland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287872 ina
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:22 am

Envy! :mrgreen:
Ina
I'm a size 10, really; I wear a 20 for comfort. (Gina Yashere)

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4837
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287903 Odsox
Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:24 am

The end result, 770 g of raisins from 4.5 Kg of fresh grapes.
A good way to preserve them, especially as I like home made cakes.
Hopefully we will end up with around 3 Kg of raisins when the rest of the crop is done and then of course loads more sultanas when the white grapes are done a bit later.

Raisins.jpg
Raisins.jpg (151.17 KiB) Viewed 1191 times
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
diggernotdreamer
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 1769
Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:23 pm
Location: North West Ireland

Re: Definitely not tomatoes

Post: #287906 diggernotdreamer
Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:33 am

wow, seriously, I am blown away now, they look like shop ones


Return to “Fruit and Nuts”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests