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A Gunnison Valley Poet

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 21
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1989
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6cf9n7t
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325980
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6cf9n7t

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Title A Gunnison Valley Poet
Description and boiled until it became a jelly consistency. It was then poured into odd-shaped bottles and sealed with paraffin wax before being stored in the cool cellar. In the middle of the orchard were greengage and Italian prune trees. The prunes were stoned and bottled or dried in the oven and the homemade dryer in the sun. They were then put in jars and sprinkled with sugar and used in making sweet soups and other desserts. The greengages and the little blue plums that grew at the bottom of the lot kept us busy for many hours after school as we picked bushels of then. They were cooked with about 3/4 their weight in sugar and made into preserves, stored in large crock jars in the cool pantry or cellar. The pits were a nuisance as we spread the jam on our homemade bread but they added a special flavor to the preserves* Tucked away in a corner of the orchard was a pot-towatamie bush with small round orange-red plums sometimes called squirt plums because as you bit the plum, the juice squirted into your mouth leaving the dry skin and. stone. The pottowatamies, like the prunes and blue plums, were better if picked after a touch of frost. Sometimes they were mixed with porter apples for preserves, I remember the dry, strange taste the little plums left in my mouth as I picked them off the tree and ate them. There were several kinds of apples in the orchard. The winter permain provided a favorite green apple for eating as it was brought forth from the root cellar in the late winter after the earlier apples were gone. The 20-pounder was a favorite cooking apple, so named because of its huge size. Ehubarb was another fruit that still grows readily in Sanpete soil; how we watched for the first red shoots of the pie plant (as it was then called). It grew in abundance along the picket fence. As the long red sticks grew to maturity we pulled them and cut off the big green leaves. I loved the tart juicy redness, even though it puckered my nouth as I ate it. In the canning process, we cut the sticks into small pieces, boiled and bottled 93
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 21
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 325854
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6cf9n7t/325854