Fruits Of The Garden

Well not actually fruit, if you want to get all technical. I have tried and tried for the past few years to grow some type of garden here in the Garden State. The results have been, alas, well let’s just say that if my Beloved Family is forced to depend upon my agricultural prowess for sustenance we will easily survive a solid, oh, thirty minutes.

However, I can proudly point to the many obese deer, rabbits and chipmunks inhabiting our yard and neighborhood as clear signs that I do have some skills in this regard. The not-so-little-now bastards have merrily munched upon damn near everything I’ve gotten growing in the sandy rocky iron-ore-y craptastically sandy soil we are blessed with to the point of extinction…with one exception: none of them are fond of jalapenos

I’ve got lots and lots of terrifically yummy peppers that are getting hotter as the Summer gets cooler, and last night I was aching for some cheeseburgers and these little beauties added just the right zing to the meal

Good simple happy eats.

I’m Bingley, and I’m all about locally grown and sustainability.

or not.

15 Responses to “Fruits Of The Garden”

  1. Gary from Jersey says:

    Put mothballs around the beds. Keeps groundhogs and their filthy ilk away somehow.

  2. Ave says:

    I’m for Bingleybility too! Yummy.

  3. Syd B. says:

    Mr. B, if I lived in your house, you’d have to WD40 the door frames.

  4. JeffS says:

    Mothballs? Well, those would be more acceptable to law enforcement than land mines, that’s for sure.

  5. Chancy girl says:

    We need to talk about vegetable gardening. Apart from Labrador retrievers, that is my specialty!

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    Chancy, I really need tips on chipmunkicide.

  7. Mori says:

    I feel for you. Last year gophers ate my entire garden… even the entire pepper plants!

    If you have lots and lots of jalapenos, consider making some cowboy candy… basically candied and preserved jalapeno chips. So yummy! I make this one… http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2010/05/23/candied-jalapenos/

  8. Jim - PRS says:

    I’m all about cheeseburgers.

  9. aelfheld says:

    Jalapenos are fruits.

    So are tomatoes.

    In fact, they’re both members of the family Solanaceae.

  10. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Was going to point out that jalepenos are fruits – until I noticed that aelfheld got there first (as usual).

    OTOH, just wait until you run across the dreaded tomato hornworm. They DO like jalepenos as much as they like tomatoes – or at least they like the leaves. You end up with these pretty little sticks. With any luck, they have a bit of ripe fruit you can pick before the plant dies. šŸ™
    Lost 10 pepper plants (jalepenos and others) to the buggers one year.

  11. Kathy Kinsley says:

    On the other hand, you could take up hunting. Venison is delicious, and so is rabbit. Chipmunks…I don’t know. But as the song says, “Two outta three ain’t bad.”

  12. Mr. Bingley says:

    They are fruits? Neat-o!

    I would lovelovelove to hunt all the little buggers Kathy, but in suburban NJ the police look somewhat askance at firearm discharge…

  13. JeffS says:

    Tomatoes were declared vegetables by the Supreme Court back in 1893:

    This dispute has led to legal speculation in the United States. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws that imposed a duty on vegetables, but not on fruits, caused the tomato’s status to become a matter of legal importance. The U.S. Supreme Court settled this controversy on May 10, 1893, by declaring that the tomato is a vegetable, based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use, that they are generally served with dinner and not dessert (Nix v. Hedden (149 U.S. 304)). The holding of this case applies only to the interpretation of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, and the court did not purport to reclassify the tomato for botanical or other purposes.

    The urge to maximize tax revenue is an old one amongst bureaucrats, especially the picking and choosing of definitions. Nice of the Supreme Court of that era not to intrude upon science. Too bad government no longer thinks that way.

    I don’t know if jalapeƱos have been so re-classified.

  14. Michael Lonie says:

    JeffS,
    Based on Mori’s post, we’d have to classify jalapeƱos, not as vegetables but as fruits because, as the USSC might put it, they can be served as candy with dessert.

  15. Kathy Kinsley says:

    JalapeƱos have not be reclassified by the US Supreme Court.

    Neither were tomatoes, really…
    Fruit is a botanical classification as well as a culinary classification.
    Tomatoes, despite the Supreme Court, remain a fruit, botanically speaking. šŸ˜›

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