Picking lilly pilly berries by girlie

Picking lilly pilly berries

My friend, her grandkids and her daughter came to pick lilly pilly berries for making jam. We picked about 8 kg altogether off the one tree, and there were still plenty left for the birds! After a lovely Christmas lunch of freshly-caught prawns, mango and cucumber salsa and salad fresh from the garden, we ate fruit in a spice-infused syrup and fresh whipped cream. The lilly pillies are hanging in a bag of muslin, dripping into a bowl, for making into jelly later. Also will try making lilly pilly cordial with some of the leftovers - said to be delicious.
Another new one for me, lilly pilly berries. Your lunch sounds amazing. Great shot, the kids look like they are having a wonderful time.
December 25th, 2010  
Your meal sound exquisite. Everything fresh and from your own hand. Good luck with the cordial and have a wonderful Christmas day.
December 25th, 2010  
@omabluebird Thanks, Susan. See my post of 18 December for some more on the lilly pilly berries. @wac Thanks, Wendy. You too.
December 25th, 2010  
This is a lovely photo that depicts community. I love it.
December 25th, 2010  
sounds like a lovely meal--and great picture of llly pilly picking (i have never heard of lilly pilly berries) merry christmas to you and thanks for sharing--
December 25th, 2010  
i've also never heard of them, but it sounds delicious :) and so does your lunch robin :)) all my kids are away this Christmas so just me and my bf, we had some yummy seasoned salmon steaks pan fried with salads, gosh he's good to me .... hope you're having a good day :))
December 25th, 2010  
Looks like fun; I've never heard of those berries. I can't help thinking the difference between your weather and mine on this Christmas Day. It looks so warm where you are, and we are freezing and all is snow covered.
December 25th, 2010  
Sounds like the perfect day to me. No lilly pilly berries here, but they sure sound wonderful.
December 25th, 2010  
You are blessed with pickers. What a crazy name. I bet they make great jam
December 25th, 2010  
@fernessa1955 @taidster @julie Thanks, ladies. If you see my post of 18 December, the berries and their flowers are described there. Tadii, they are probably all around you, girl, and you're not noticing! Look for medium to tall lush green trees now covered in bright red berries. Their new leaves are a lovely pink in colour and are on the tips of the branches still. Heaps of them in Brisbane, I promise. @ldpaul @ladydi @sarasdadandmom Thanks Linda, Di and Sara's Dad. Will post photo of jam if successful.
December 25th, 2010  
@julie And we're about to go off to the beach for the rest of the day, Julie. Lovely and warm, about 28 deg C. Just right.
December 25th, 2010  
@girlie what do they taste like? can you compare it to any other berry?
December 25th, 2010  
@fernessa1955 Fernessa, The jam is sweet with a slight tang and has an almost indescribable flavour with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's one of the most flavoursome and delicious jams I've tasted. The berries themselves are also quite nice to eat; tangy with that indescribable flavour as well. But much nicer as jam or jelly!
December 25th, 2010  
ok WOW, i've seen the flowers, heaps !! lol but not noticed the berries.

but, i have tried hibiscus juice, we get that from west end markets, its made from the actual flower, and its incredibly delicious, have you ever had it?? the lady that makes it for the markets, brings it in frozen in water-sized bottles, and then its like a slushy when we buy it hehe, its very refreshing :)
December 25th, 2010  
@taidster No, haven't had hibiscus juice but would love to try it. Next time I go to Brissie I'll look out for it. I've had those hibiscus flowers in syrup you can buy in liquor outlets to add to champagne or white wine. They're pretty good.
December 25th, 2010  
:) well you'll have to head to West End Markets, they're only on saturday mornings, very traditional food and crafts markets, bordering on alternate lifestyle etc, lots of vego and vegan stuff too, but its easy, its only just down Montague Rd in South Brisbane/Southbank area :))
December 25th, 2010  
@taidster Yep, been there many times when in Brissie; friends live there. Just need to remember to look out for hibiscus juice...
December 25th, 2010  
Lovely shot! Merry Christmas to you and yours Robin.
December 25th, 2010  
Sounds like fun and delicious!
December 25th, 2010  
I love this shot of three generations gathering food - so pretty too. Would love some of the jam. Have a grat day.
December 25th, 2010  
Another first lilly pilly berries. What do they taste like?
December 25th, 2010  
What a lovely picture and a nice way to spend the time and gain something extra.
December 25th, 2010  
One more reason to visit your great country! I want to sample some of those berries! Hope your Christmas is wonderful!
December 25th, 2010  
@swrws Thanks, Susan. Check out my answer to Fernessa above; I give a description there.
December 25th, 2010  
Merry Christmas to you on the sunny side of the world, too!
December 25th, 2010  
Great picture! What a fun name - lilly pilly.
December 26th, 2010  
Sounds wonderful, I'm so sick of eating ,lol.hope you and your family had a lovely day. great photo,love all the colours!
December 26th, 2010  
Sounds nice! I've never tried lilly-pilly before - fresh, jam or cordial. Must buy some next time I come across it.
December 26th, 2010  
Probably have to beat the birds to these. They do look wonderful. What a fun holiday project!
December 27th, 2010  
Great shot of life in your corner of the world. Hope the jelly turns out well.
December 28th, 2010  
Such concentration :-) I know I will never forget this word !
December 28th, 2010  
What a wonderful colourful shot of them...and your meal sounds like a feast of note! One day I will taste some lilly-pilly jam!
December 30th, 2010  
Lily pily jam is on my list of things to try some day....never even knew these berries existed before I was enlightened by all your photos. Looks like bountiful harvest....great shot of the berry picking. Thanks for sharing another slice of Australian life! :)
December 31st, 2010  
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