Fruits of summer…July 13, 2010
We’ve been instructed by Raphael to save fruit seeds. Since the winery has gone bio, or organic, we’ve seen a resurge of wild fruit trees that he remembers from childhood – those magical days when he used to run free in the vineyards and pick apricots, plums, mirabelles, and vine ripened peaches. Raphael wants to plant the seeds. He wants to create an orchard of wild fruit trees.
The organic rules mean the vines are no longer treated with herbicides or pesticides nor do they cut the overgrowth surrounding the vineyards. Walking among the vines with the girls, baskets swinging from their hands, Raphael showed us all the wealth that lay hidden in the woods bordering the vines. With the scents of wild fennel mixing with the ripeness of the fruit, we devoured one type of rare variety after another. “Mmm! It brings back memories of when I was young.” Raphael’s exclamations came to me from the midst of the brush into which he scrambled to find the trees and bushed with the ripened fruit. More fruit made it into the girl’s mouths than their baskets. We managed somehow to return home with baskets of varying shades of plums and mirabelle’s. Our guests will be enjoying fruit for the next few breakfasts – unless we eat them all first!