I just wait for summer to set in as we have a number of fruits that are waiting to be consumed. There is always a bumper and after consuming and distributing to friends and well wishers we make fruit juices and preserve them that last us a full year. The fruits are at their best in summer. The rainy season will render the fruits watery and less sweet.
Different fruits have different methods to extract juice.
There are many varieties of mangoes that grow in our garden. We normally use the Benett Alphonso which is ideal for making juice as it does not have any stringy pulp.
Mangoes are cut and pulp is extracted and mixed in sugar syrup. Once it is thoroughly mixed it is strained for any stringy pulp. A liquid preservative is then added. Once can dilute this preserved juice while drinking if one finds it to be thick.
There are two varieties in bell fruit. We have the white which is sweeter and juicy.
Bell fruits are minced and juice extracted by putting in a mixie. The juice is then extracted by straining through a muslin cloth. Sugar syrup, ginger juice and a touch lime juice is added. A liquid preservative keeps the juice for several months
Cherries are kept in the fridge in a glass or plastic container to which sugar, in the ratio of 1:4 is added where one is the sugar. Every day the mixture is well shaken and after seven days juiced will be ready for use. Enough water should be added before drinking. The cherries will be totally shrivelled and are discarded. Here again a liquid preservative is added and the juice will last for several months.
Star goose berries
The same procedure that is used for cherries is applicable here.
Apart from making fruit juices one can prepare ice creams and jams.