Unfortunately New Zealand has fallen victim to a nasty Australian pest called the guava moth which arrived here a few years back and is gradually making its way all over the country. The guava moth attacks many different fruits by drilling a small hole into them and laying an egg which grows into a larva inside the fruit. It's pretty unpleasant to cut open a fruit and find a worm wriggling around inside. The guava moth seems to love feijoas and last season ruined the crops of all my neighbours' who had previously enjoyed bumper harvests. As a usual recipient of their generosity I was pretty disappointed. Unfortunately the moths also like citrus fruit. The best way to protect a crop is to cover the tree completely in an insect cloth, which is what I did to my lemon tree this year. I am pleased to say it worked and not only was my huge crop of lemons insect free but the fruit was massive, the biggest it has ever been. Whether this was to do with the fertiliser I gave the tree or whether the insect cloth gave it a slightly hot house effect I don't know.
At this stage there is no spray that can be used to protect the fruit from the moth although New Zealand agricultural scientists are working on developing one. In their home land of Australia the moths are controlled by natural predators which we do not have here.
Anyway, enough about the unwelcome visitor to our shores. On a brighter note here's one of my favourite lemon recipes.
🍋🍋🍋 LEMON TODDY SYRUP 🍋🍋🍋
Click on the following link to find More lemon recipes from a previous post
HANDY HINTS: Don't throw away skins of lemons you have juiced, freeze them to ensure you always have lemon zest on hand. They can be grated frozen.
I also freeze the juice mixed with zest into ice block trays and once it is frozen bag it free flow. I have worked out how many cubes make one whole lemon's worth of juice but each ice block tray is different so I suggest you check out yours. I have then marked the free flow bag with the number of cubes to a lemon.
Happy juicing, baking and preserving everyone!
I'm now off traveling for a few weeks. hopefully collecting new stories to tell! 😎