Pretty much, yeah. They hafta be a reasonable size to be of any culinary use tho. And they hafta be picked 'young' for tenderness. Older leaves tend to be too tough to be of any use, except for compost.
And it's easy enough to find recipes for dolmades on-line.
2nd hottest/longest/driest on record, beaten only by the summer of 1976. My figs loved it - as you know. Gave over 200 away, and still have a freezer full of fig puree and fig jam. We'll be eating figs until they come back on stream next June, and they're still ripening now. In 2006 I was picking ripe figs up to mid-December!!
My personal impression/recollection is that it roughly equalled the summer of 1975, which was also a scorcher. Not many ppl remember that one coz it was overshadowed by the following summer, which was an all time record breaker.
Oh yeah, that reminds me:
@ tomi - Nope, no constipation around here. The figs took care of that. But thanks for your profound concern for my bowel movements 'old fruit'. And so good of you to raise the level of the debate once again. Much appreciated.
I'm sure both you & trapezoid will be very happy 'debating' the finer points of atheism and/or heresy. We lesser mortals have so much to learn from you both, and we will remain forever in your debt.
I think you mean nuisance. Science has nothing to do with it.
If you can be bothered, your prize plums can be protected from that vermin on wings. If I didn't protect my figs, we wouldn't get a look in for all the critters that would devour them in no time at all. Fruit sugar is a prime target for the pest world. I now have countermeasures for every pest that takes an unwelcome interest in my figs.
If you need any advice, let me know.
It's how I spell it too.
Well, the standard defence against alien, sorry, avian attack is of course by the judicious use of netting. But judging by your description of the monster, I'm gonna assume that's not a practicable solution for you. The only other viable defence (which I use for my figs) is this:
Yes, it's time-consuming, and occasionally slightly fiddly too, but if ya wanna save any of those luscious plums for your table, it's (almost) the only way to go. Unless you feel comfortable using a ladder, you can sacrifice the plums that are out of reach to predation. If you go down that route next year, make sure you 'bag' those plums before they show any signs of ripening. As you harvest the ripe plums, the bags can be reused on those plums that are next in ripening sequence.
No need to tie any knots either, tho a single knot around the branch will stop the fruit falling to the ground, and is easily undone. If there is no danger of fruit fall, simply pulling the drawstrings over the stalk area tightens the bag to provide a protective shield, and is effective against all pests except for 'squerls'. They will eat straight thru the bags to get to the fruit, no prob. But if you are ever troubled by squerls, let me know. I have a special deterrent for them that works a treat.
Just look at that will ya - gardening and theological advice all rolled into one package. Is there no end to my talents I ask myself?