Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Foraging

Just ten minutes walk from home, away from roads and exhaust fumes.  An hour in a bramble thicket produced 1.6kg of luscious fruit.  I "went prepared" with thick gloves and long sleeves so came back relatively unscathed.



Blackberry and apple jam.  Not too sweet, added one lemon and had a soft set after a six minute boil.  The apples came from the little "Spartan" tree I planted in the vegetable patch.



On homemade bread - utterly delicious.  Will have to go back when it stops raining and pick more!






15 comments:

  1. All my blogging friends seem to be in the midst of canning! Isn't it just lovely to see the finished product sitting on the counter?

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    1. Well, it's that time of year :} The American term 'canning' always throws me - I think of aluminium tins.

      But you're right, absolutely lovely to have all this in the cupboard. Unfortunately, man (or woman) cannot live by jam alone.

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  2. Looks delicious Bilbo. I shall be stripping the brambles in the garden, before I cut them back.

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    1. Morning Mrs Duck. I advise thick gloves, long sleeves and blisteringly sharp Felco's!

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  3. *Drool* Those eggs are no coincidence either, I'm guessing - how jealous do you want me to be of country life??

    I feel particularly green-eyed today after a meeting in B'ham all morning. My suit was uncomfortable, my shoes even more so. :-(

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    1. Sorry sweetie, especially as the eggs come from 3/4 mile up the road (same friend as supplies the pony poo).

      Don't be too jealous - country life is exactly the same as city life, just with a few more green bits. Same bills, same hassles, same 24 hours in each day which just isn't enough!

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  4. Ooh, yum yum. Can you send some to Oz. Remember picking blackberries with the kids when we lived in Tasmania and we certainly didn't come away unscathed.

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    1. Sorry Susan, I think the glass jar might not make such a long journey! Do you have brambles where you live now?

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    2. Yes, along our roadsides in places,but they spray them as they are a noxious weed out here. Once established they can take over thousands of acres in a matter of years. We've managed to find them occasionally in places that are a bit out of the way.

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  5. I have the blackberry pruning task on the horizon. We bought a thornless blackberry the year before last which is progressing well but we still have the beast. It does produce lovely huge juicy berries though. I'd add to have an old fleece type long sleeved top for blackberry work as wool is a bug no no!

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    1. Luckily Sue, there are so many places nearby with wild brambles that I don't have to think of finding space in the garden for one. Good luck with your pruning.

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  6. Oh Yum Yum. I can almost smell those blackberries from here.

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    1. If you're a very good girl I might bring you a jar :}

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    1. Lots still waiting to ripen. I found some at Latrigg yesterday but they are nowhere near ready to pick.

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