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Foraging mistakes to be learnt from
Sat 10-Sep-11
7:46 am
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David B

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Mine I discovered last year.

 

I had found an apple tree a few years ago, but on taste testing decided that the tree was not very good for anything.

 

Last year, though, in late October or November, I noticed that a lot of apples were still on the tree, with windfalls around it, so stopped and had another bite.

 

The useless apple tree turned out to be the best, late in the year. Apples very good to eat raw, and cook. Even the windfalls kept for a couple of weeks before rotting, and the picked ones longer. The stewed apple also froze very well.

 

The lesson - don't write a tree off just because the fruit is sour when you think it ought to be ripe, because there is a lot of variation in when fruit ripens.

 

It is a lesson I'm extending to plums/bullaces/damsons this year.

 

Any other lessons that have come from mistakes?

 

David

Sat 10-Sep-11
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i was always told that if you cut an apple in half and the pips arent brown its not ripe, seems to work

Sat 10-Sep-11
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Mind you, unripe apples are best when you need them for their pectin to set other fruit. So any windfalls of these are still worth collecting.  

 

I think this is true of other fruit too. It certainly is of blackberries. Granny always said to pick a few under-ripe ones to help the set of the jelly she made.   

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Sat 10-Sep-11
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Never leave home without a plastic bag or two- preferably without holes in the bottom.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 10-Sep-11
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Unless collecting mushrooms when you need to let the spores fall.

I'll try that again!

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