Nature brings us an amazing and wonderful bounty in the form of fresh food. So many fabulous things that can be eaten right off the tree or out of the ground.
With a good scrub, of course.
Every once in a while, though, someone comes along and gives Mother Nature a gentle nudge. A helping hand. I found such a thing during the tractor show this past weekend. Among the booths and displays, I found an older gentleman selling local honey and preserves. I admired the shiny jars of blackberry and strawberry-rhubarb jams, cherry preserves, and grape jelly.
Each of these treats had a list of ingredients shorter than my attention span. "Fruit, sugar, water, Sure-Jell." The gentleman behind the table assured me that he kept his wares as natural as possible, and that all of his products had a good reputation. "Especially that one there!" I looked at that one there. I stared. I picked it up.
Caramel Pecan Apple Butter.
Yeah, every now and then, Mother Nature gets a helping hand. Now would somebody hand me a helping of apple butter? I've got some fresh bread right here...