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Preserving The Harvest: Jujube Fruit

by Texas Homesteader
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I recently wrote about stumbling upon an overgrown orchard at an old homestead property we obtained. The extension agent and master naturalists identified the trees as Jujube, the fruit is also known as Japanese Dates. 

I read that the fruit can be dehydrated and used in the place of raisins. This really appeals to me as I’d love to replace something I purchase with something I preserve myself. 

So I experimented with several methods of preserving this sweet fruit.

The old trees at the abandoned homestead were Jujube Fruit. I experimented with different ways to preserve the fruit - come see! #TexasHomesteader
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Old Homestead Jujube Tree And Fruit – Mystery Solved

by Texas Homesteader

When we obtained our remote-pasture property last year I knew there was once an old homestead on the property years ago – the house long gone now. 

I love that this property also has an old 1880’s barn. That’s my favorite barn era and I’m so blessed to have two of these beautiful old barns now!  I’m ready to roll up my sleeves & restore this beautiful structure to its previous glory much like we did years ago with the 1880’s barn here on our homestead.

In searching for the identity of fruit trees at an old homestead we consulted the extension agent. The answer was received! #TexasHomesteader
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RECIPE: Healthier Banana Nut Bread

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Our youngest daughter came home to Texas for a visit all the way from the east coast. One of her fond childhood memories is of my footed cake plate being forever filled. 

Sometimes it would have cookies, sometimes biscuits. But there was always something in it. I wasn’t about to have her walk into the house without something under that dome. But what to make?

I decided to use up some over-ripe bananas and some of my own hand-picked pecans to make banana nut bread. I made it healthier for her by eliminating the shortening called for in the recipe and replacing it with applesauce I made from apples given to me from my aunt’s tree last fall.

The bread turned out delicious! I’ll describe my procedures, but the actual recipe will be at the bottom.

This healthier version of a favorite banana bread recipe replaces shortening with applesauce. #TexasHomesteader

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