James Owen

  1. Bramley Apple Pie

    Bramley Apple Pie
    Bramley is considered the best cooking apple in England. Unfortunately the original Bramley tree that was over 200 years old recently died. However we have made additional trees through clonal grafting so you can still enjoy the amazing flavor of this historical tree. This is the best we’ve tasted! Enjoy Raintree horticulturist Theresa Knutsen’s recipe:   The Filling:  6 cups Bramley...
  2. Elderflower Recipes

    Elderflower Recipes
    Elderflower Recipes The following recipes were shared with me by a customer who grew up in Denmark, he recommends the Sambucus nigra type of elderberry for the best flavor in the flower, the plain green leaved cultivars especially. Elderflower juice drink Ingredients: 1 lb. blossoms (pick when fully fragrant), 1/2 lb.  brown sugar, juice of 3 lemons Directions: Place rinsed...
  3. Methley Plum Butter

    Methley Plum Butter
    Methley is a self fertile Japanese x American plum with excellent flavor that produces a great crop almost every year and it requires little care. Here's a great recipe for plum butter. Wash the fruit, remove the pits before or after the first cooking step. Place in heavy bottomed pan, lightly crushing the bottom layers to release juice. Cook until...
  4. Which Plants Are Right For Me?

    Which Plants Are Right For Me?
    We are proud of the amount of information Raintree Nursery provides our customers in our catalog and on our website. If you are sitting in an easy chair and looking through the Raintree website or through our catalog,  you are probably wondering how you should go about deciding which of the myriad of choices you should choose for your yard...
  5. Getting Started on your Fruit Garden

    Getting Started on your Fruit Garden
    Come join us at Raintree Nursery for our annual Beginners Home Berry Garden Patch Class on Saturday, April 7th! A great class for the inexperienced gardener if you're putting in a new home orchard and berry patch and aren't sure about varieties, rootstocks, pollination, spacing, soils, siting, method of planting, irrigation, staking; come visit with our experienced horticulturist and get...
  6. Highbush Cranberry Ketchup

    Highbush Cranberry Ketchup
    Here are two recipes generously shared with me at the nursery, both originate in Alaska. Recipe #1 Ingredients: 11/2  C chopped onions                               4 C water 8C high bush cranberries, fresh or frozen 1 C cider vinegar                                          11/4 C packed brown sugar 1 C light corn syrup                                       11/2  tsp salt 11/2 tsp cinnamon                                        11/2 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp ginger                                                    1/4...
  7. Cooked Down Jelly

    Cooked Down Jelly
    If the juice you are working with is high in pectin, such as apple and quince, use equal portions of sugar and juice. If there is less pectin you can reduce the sugar to as little as ½ cup per cup of juice, unless the fruit is very tart. Use the alcohol test to more accurately determine how much sugar...
  8. Aronia Jelly

    Aronia Jelly
    Recipe #1 This aronia recipe was adapted from a chokecherry recipe by a friend, her mother pronounced the results fantastic, even better than chokecherry. Ingredients: 31/2 cups berry juice                                    ½ cup lemon juice 1 package pectin                                          6 cups sugar Directions: Wash fruit and cover with water, simmer 15 minutes. Strain the juice. Pour measured amount into a 6-8 quart non-reactive...
  9. Winter Cranberry and Pear Upside-Down Cake

    Winter Cranberry and Pear Upside-Down Cake
    Recipe from the book Northwest Berry Cookbook by Raintree customer Kathleen Desmond Stang. Makes 8 servings Ruby-red cranberries sparkle among the pear slices on top of the cake. Use firm ripe pears. They are ready when the stem end yields when gently pressed. 4 tbsp(1/2 stick) plus 2 tbsp butter, softened 1/3c packed brown sugar 2 small to medium firm...
  10. About the Founder

    About the Founder
    Message from Sam, Raintree's founder The Fruits Your Mother Cooked With! The United States is a country of many cultures and our cultures are expressed and enjoyed at our dinner tables. Whether our parents and grandparents are Native Americans or from Japan, Russia, England, Sweden, the middle East, the American Mid-West, South or elsewhere, we grew up with a love...

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