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The legal points of foraging
Mon 17-Oct-11
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JoannaS
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I think that is a Scandinavian thing Liquineer as Finland and Sweden have something similar.cheers

Here in Latvia, every Latvian household is entitled to a free Christmas tree from the State Forest. I think it has to be below a certain size though.

Tue 18-Oct-11
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I'm sure it is Scandinavian wide, I could only remember it was definitly Norway as that was the focus of my project- I was creating a Nordic berry vodka at the time and we needed to convince our selves that people would have foraged for fruits and would have used them to create an alcoholic fruit drink with them in times past- it added to the credibility of the vodka to be able to show a link to the past- we sourced berries from Norway that were extracted for us before use in the vodka.

 

I wanted to use cloudberries but I discovered they are not cultivated at all, and would have to be picked from wild moss bogs, which was not environmentally a good idea so that idea was abandoned.

 

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Tue 18-Oct-11
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Martin

A friend gave us some stuff once that was a smirnof vodka with nordik berries, it was called Norsk or something, do you know what berries would have been in it?

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Jan, I've just had a google search, and found one site where people had reviewed the drink you mention - here - and one reviewer suggested it tasted like Calpol!!

Certainly a beautiful colour!

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Tue 18-Oct-11
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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Well- it could be I had something to do with Norsk, but that would be telling.

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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youve given me an idea now, im cultivating a couple of dozen snowberry bushes they produce rather nice little fruit , plus the fuschias are well laden this year theres even some diabolical vodka from Boston that could be recycled somewhere....15

Wed 19-Oct-11
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Are those Snow berries edible then Kaye?  I have loads here...

I'll try that again!

Wed 19-Oct-11
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Snowberries are poisonous to humans but not to birds

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Kaye flaming_nora Boston "Vodka" is lethal , mostly cleaning fluid ,don't buy anywhere but supermarket in this area . Snowberries often grown as pheasant cover but the berries don't seem to appeal to them. Fuchsia berries supposedly make good jam ,don't have any so never tried. 

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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I always thought fuschia berries were poisonous - am I wrong, much too late in th season now, I've chucked all the fuschias on the compost heap.

Come on Martin - pm me with the details, I won't tell

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Sorry- signed an agreement before leaving the company- no tellie secrets. Am able to talk generalities about stuff in the public domain such as the Norwegian right to forage.

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An interesting flavouring material I came across whilst working in Russia was Sea Buckthorn, found on the Northern coasts- it is one of the traditional flavourings in Russia for Vodkas, along with Birch Bud and Birch sap and other foraged items.

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Thu 20-Oct-11
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You can get Birch sap by the five litre bottle here in Latvia and often folks tap their own trees for the stuff. It's okay, but I think it has a high aspirin (salicylic acid) content that I can taste, but it is better with lemon and raisins added.cheers

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I have always wanted to use birch sap- you can also make a birch beer using it, but never seen it in large quantities, and have not the skill to collect it myself.

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