All the wasted citrus.

Just had 23kgs of passion fruit, fejeos, lemons, persimmons brought down for me from up north so many wonderful things to make yummy. Found on Mrs Google a Persimmon Marmalade and passion fruit jelly is double yummy. I freeze shell and pulp in separate bags for space reasons. And will zest lemons then juice Prices down south for some citrus is stupid.

Chef_anne1955, May 28, 6:42 am

They have a great "fruit ready when" calender there.

Chef_autumnwinds, May 28, 6:51 am

My thoughts too.
We treasure any type of home grown citrus, don't we?
I certainly do & I pamper mine.

Chef_samanya, May 29, 12:42 am

Citrus recipe time, so ** bump **

Chef_autumnwinds, Jun 17, 11:51 am

Must dig out my mum's old recipe for a fruit cordial. Trouble is, the sugar police would probably go bonkers. As she had to buy all her citrus, it was a genuine summer treat for us as kids.

Chef_socram, Jun 17, 9:31 pm

Slip a note under the door. Knock on the door during summer when occupants are in, and ask permission to take their fruit come winter.

Chef_cosimo, Jun 17, 10:48 pm

I can't for the life of me know why these stupid Councils insist on planting inappropriate trees on our streets. Deciduous trees that are messy then too high so the contractors come around and cut an ugly big vee in the centre of them to clear the power lines.
Why on earth don't they plant citrus and guava trees ? I'm sure people would look after them if they knew there was rewards to be had. Just the vandals to watch for.

Chef_cleggyboy, Jun 19, 3:08 am

In todays world conserving food is not a thing and yet one day something will happen and people will not know how to forage/conserve for food. Every thing needs to be perfect and slightly blemished is rotten. The amount of food that families throw out instead of re-purposing them because it is looking a little limp. I am teaching my children to cook with what is available or what is in the cupboard. Since changing my ways we are saving so much on food. If I can make it, I don't buy it.

Chef_marcs, Jun 19, 3:45 am

Send the down here , Otago, would put them to good use.

Chef_twinkley1, Jun 19, 4:36 am

They make a good repellent to keep cats out of your vege and flower beds. I just chop them up and put around the plants.

Chef_nauru, Jun 19, 6:52 am

The best cough remedy equal quantity lemon juice and honey ( manuka before the price went silly) the lemon juice cuts the mucus, disinfects and the honey coats the throat is soothing and sweet. You cant overdose , or mix with hot water for a nice drink, or cool down add ice and a sprg of mint for a summer refresher.
Lemon honey
Lemon meringue pie
Lemon pudding
Stain removal
Lemon chicken
. and the foodbaks dont want them. lemon and canned tomatoes! ,

Chef_kindajojo, Jun 19, 8:23 am

Hi does anyone have a very old Rangitoto Cook book. I would like a pork receipe out of it, mine seems to have gone walkabout.
The recipe is in the Pork Section left hand page about 2 or 3 recipes down.
It has vegemite in the sauce, i dont think any of the others do.
Would love to have the recipe if you have it.
Thanks heaps in advance Heather

Chef_birrah, Jun 20, 6:14 am

Hi Heather, why not start a new thread with Rangitoto Cookbook in the title. It will reach more people rather than being hidden in this thread.

Chef_eastie3, Jun 20, 6:40 am

Same with my limes, put them out at the gate 6 in a bag for a dollar, even tried to give them away, hopeless.

Chef_jia5, Jun 20, 10:18 pm

I'll take any lemons if anyone is coming through Ashburton!

Chef_lyndunc, Jun 21, 1:06 am

Kawarau has about 30 lemon trees planted for residents to help themselves from for a few lemons. A real special treat while we lived there. We here in Hastings have Olive trees that hurt your feet after the fruit falls leaving hard stones all over the footpaths.
Kawarau also has a huge herb garden you can pick from.
How many towns offer the same treats to its rate payers. Oh, and while we were there 10 years ago, we had free hot pools.

Chef_pickles7, Jun 22, 5:34 am

Citrus freezes well and is easy to use - makes zesting much easier! The juice is still good too. I don't know if you can eat them like you would fresh but nice to have on hand for culinary purposes

Chef_bisloy, Jul 1, 11:25 am

I sometimes wonder at all the wasted fruit that lies rotting all over the ground - on my walks at the moment there are grapefruit, limes, lemons, oranges coming on, mandarins and tangelos (I think). Many of them (most) are on the sections of beach houses - makes me think about those that may go a bit hungry or people who claim they cannot afford to buy fruit - have we lost the ability to forage?

I am not talking full on tree raiding; I have a ready supply of lemons and limes picked up from the ground in public places where they have fallen off heavily laden trees hanging over fences. The limes in particular, are spectacular.

Chef_awoftam, Jul 14, 6:17 am

As I posted at the bottom of another thread, was it marmalade? people are starting to do something in some areas. The north shore has community fruit harvesting scheme. Runs on Facebook and uses neighbourly website. I have been out picking in my area and I deliver where it might be of the most use, schools and food banks if the fruit is in good condition. Lots isn't though, and gets made into fruit preserves by more volunteers.
groups have also started in other cities, i think Whangarei and Hamilton maybe?

Chef_wendalls, Jul 14, 8:16 am

Was what marmalade?

The vast majority of the houses here are empty most of the year; with a population of 3500 that swells to 60000 over summer there few locals about; and not a plethora of schools or foodbanks.

Chef_awoftam, Jul 14, 8:22 am

Yeah, we used to get that on Waiheke, too.
As long as the house was empty, we'd go raiding.

Especially the grapefruit.

Chef_twelve12, Jul 14, 8:48 am

I tried advertising my lemons, bugger all cared so it continues to get mowed up

Chef_lythande1, Jul 14, 7:44 pm

Last time I was at Fruit World imported limes were $39.99 a kg and they were only golf ball size.

Chef_cleggyboy, Jul 14, 8:12 pm

I must admit ive got lots of lemons lying on the ground waiting to be mowed over. but this time of year lemons are everywhere and no one i ask seems to want any. Also I have guava moth in some of them so dont like to offer infected fruit. My mum has heaps of citrus trees and lately every time she comes down to see me she brings buckets and buckets of mandarins, I take them to work, give them to friends. Most get eaten, but not all

Chef_dibble35, Jul 14, 8:17 pm

These are the size of a mid sized lemon, and the tree is laden. I grab a couple each time I pass; super juicy. Great on pork scotch or chops with some crushed ginger and garlic as a marinade yummy.

Chef_awoftam, Jul 14, 8:26 pm

The only thing I like about winter is the citrus. The bottles of cordial, endless slices, cakes, sauces, jams, pickles, zest and juice, citrus sugar, used in roasts, baking and other savouries and dishes from all over the world. Or just eating fresh. Then there's the oils and peels to use in potpourri and spray bottles for cleaning and making the house smell fresh. Their colours are like jewels when everything else is bleak, cold wet and miserable. Bowls and vases full of fresh colourful green, gold, yellow, orange citrus throughout the kitchen and dining room warms the cockles and gets me hunting for my next recipe.

Chef_daarhn, Jul 14, 9:31 pm


Chef_awoftam, Jul 14, 10:38 pm

They have a fruit harvest group here in Hamilton then they make it into marmalade and juice for the foodbanks. They often have calls out for pickers recently they have done persimmons, pumpkins and apples. Free to anyone who can use them.

Chef_huntlygirl, Jul 15, 12:23 am

Was just mentioning a previous thread within a page or so about " first time making marmalade" in which I had mentioned the fruit harvesting scheme.
Perhaps I'll mention it to Hamilton harvesters that Whangamata is a potential goldmine of fruit for them if they can get pickers there to bring it back to the cities. A note in letterboxes at the right time of year would be a simple way to communicate with Bach owners to see if they'd like to share some fruit. Maybe some venture up in the July hols and could get kids to pick fruit? Mind you, Limes and lemons are no good to schools and food banks anyway are they. Limited value even for preserving.

Chef_wendalls, Jul 15, 8:55 am

Yes, and the majority of houses have no letter boxes. holiday homes have no need of them.

Chef_awoftam, Jul 15, 10:16 am

Gosh, I wish I could get hold of some free lemons or oranges here in Morrinsville/Te Aroha. I like making lemon honey and orange curds with them and my citrus trees are only yr old so no fruit atall yet.

Chef_moparpete, Jul 15, 10:45 am

Just courier it on down!

Chef_rainrain1, Jul 15, 8:57 pm

No such problem here in Wellington

I'd happily swap preserves or baking for some fruit but I don't think I know anyone who has a producing citrus tree!

There are several well publicised organisations round here that harvest fruit for charitable purposes

Chef_huca1, Jul 15, 10:52 pm

Just out of interest what sort of citrus were you wanting and how much?

Chef_342, Jul 15, 11:28 pm

I have put two huge bin loads at our mailbox and then advertised them on local facebook groups.
They all went.

The tree still has heaps on it but they need more ripening.

Far nicer to give them away than see them rot on the ground

Chef_popeye333, Jul 17, 1:14 am

Chopped up 4Kg of grapefruit and lemons for marmalade this morning. all donated from neighbours tree :)

Chef_beaker59, Jul 17, 1:32 am

What i wouldn't give for lemons,limes etc, and i think in future i might just have to get brave and knock on peoples doors, lol

Chef_kay34, Jul 17, 5:21 am

go to for contacts in your area for community fruit nationwide. Most have a facebook page where you can message. This fruit has a place to go to many people in in our communities that struggle

Chef_julie55, Jul 17, 5:32 am

typo sorry ---

Chef_julie55, Jul 17, 5:32 am

It's rather bizarre that lemons are $4.50 per kg in the local Four Square store here (the main food retailer in Tairua), while at the same time literally thousands of lemons are going to waste on hundreds of trees across the town! Since most of the homes here are unoccupied holiday homes, the waste is even worse, as even the home owners aren't using any of the fruit!

I wonder why they actually bother planting citrus, as most of it ripens during the months they aren't even here!

While the fruit sharing outfits sound like a great idea, I don't think they'd be an option in situations like here, as there aren't enough permanent residents that would want/need surplus fruit, and getting it to places that could use it would probably be expensive and difficult to organise.

Chef_-bookzone-, Jul 17, 8:17 am

Yes book zone, it relies on people being conscious of wastage. Maybe if ads were place in the local bulletins in the summer asking property owners to consider bringing their winter fruit home to the big cities that might get a few people thinking? (Letterbox drops to those that have them) As the schemes become more widely known in the cities they might do this anyway. Some wouldn't be bothered but others might.

Chef_wendalls, Jul 17, 9:53 am

You wouldn't get ignored in the south.

Chef_standard, Jul 19, 8:57 am

My Auckland suburb on the outskirts has a share your fare stall set up in the village. I've seen it advertised recently for the first time but haven't checked it out as yet. You are supposed to bring something to swap in return for what you take if you can. Hopefully people will not be greedy with less common goods.

Chef_wendalls, Jul 19, 10:14 am

Honesty boxes work in the more remote areas.

Chef_nzdoug, Aug 11, 5:19 pm