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Blooming marvels & a recipe for Apple Cider tonic

Peach blossoms at Glenbernie Orchard in Darkes Forest. Photos by Jo Fahey

Peach blossoms at Glenbernie Orchard in Darkes Forest. Photos by Jo Fahey

After the winter chill, spring has sprung at Glenbernie Orchard. Darkes’ Jo Fahey reports.

The growth and development of stone fruit, apples and berries is strongly influenced by weather. While winter may look like a time of inactivity, many things are going on with the trees and canes, particularly with regards to the development of flowers for the coming season.
The coldness of the winter has a very strong influence on both the quantity and quality of flowers, as well as the timing of flowering.
Darkes Glenbernie Orchard has a mosaic of different fruit trees waking up from winter chilling and flowering from August through until early October.

A bee visits an apple flower at Glenbernie Orchard.

A bee visits an apple flower at Glenbernie Orchard.

This is a really pretty time with lots to photograph, including working bees.
An orchard walk, to get a first-hand experience with apple flowers, may be possible at the end of September. Keep an eye on www.darkes.com.au for dates, times and bookings.

Apple Cider vinegar daily drink tonic
jo-recipe

Many people ask us what you do with apple cider vinegar. Here’s a tonic “pick me up” recipe we think is great.

Ingredients

• Knob of fresh ginger about 2.5cm, grated (or teaspoon of crushed ginger)
• Cayenne pepper (½ teaspoon, or a few squirts of your favourite chipotle chilli type sauce)
• Turmeric (three shakes or about ½ teaspoon)
• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (Darkes Brewing’s Apple Cider Vinegar, of course!)
• Juice of I full lemon
• Add 750ml cold water

Method

Combine all ingredients. Shake and drink!