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Wild Berries & other exciting stuff!
Mon 2-Aug-10
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I knew about the cyanide and I think it had been covered last year; I thoroughly sort the berries before cooking, removing all stalks and any greenish berries

Wed 4-Aug-10
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I'm still waiting for my copy of the River Cottage book to arrive cry

I decided to have it delivered to my work address in case it wouldn't fit through the letter box at home. And also that meant that I would be able to have a sneaky flick through it when it arrived.

I know it's only been a week since I ordered it, but I'm now getting a bit impatient steam

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Wed 4-Aug-10
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Mike, I get impatient when awaiting an order too, I think it's because some internet sites I've ordered from have despatched the goods on the day of ordering.  At the moment I'm awaiting something that I ordered from a site on this site, over a week ago now and no response at all...not even an acknowledgement of the order,  other than that from PayPal.frown

 

I'll try that again!

Thu 5-Aug-10
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shelley said:

ooh: can you find out if it is edible; some aren't!


 

Wikipedia does say that the red elderberry is "reportedly" safe to eat eeek

Thu 5-Aug-10
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Yay. My hedgerow book arrived this morning laugh but I'm in work and can't spend all day reading it frown

 

On a related note, the plums growing near our house aren't ripe yet but I picked some 'nearly ripe' ones at the weekend and left them to ripen in the house and they seem to have ripened ok. I think it's time for me to go out and pick as many as I can carry.

I've been told about a traditional warwickshire 'plum cider' recipe, called something like Plum Jerkum, so I'll look into that. I think the traditional version uses warwickshire drooper but the plums growing locally a the normal bog standard purple ones (I'll have to get a photo for identification later).

I should probably get back to work now embarassed

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Thu 5-Aug-10
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bobquail said:

I should probably get back to work now embarassed


Put the book away NOW Mike!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Thu 5-Aug-10
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it is very addictive! I am straining at the leash to go out an start naming plants as well as the fruits I already know!!

Thu 5-Aug-10
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wave Oh I am convinced!!  I have to order one immediately.  roll_eyes

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Thu 5-Aug-10
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I've already identified some horseradish which is growing alongside the path I take to work each morning. Later in the year I'm seriously considering throwing the garden fork in the back of the car and digging up loads of it. I also can't wait to get outside and start identifying things smile then eat them spork

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Fri 6-Aug-10
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Oh please stop talking about it, I have to wait two more days before I can spend anything on my credit card...frown

I'll try that again!

Mon 23-Aug-10
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ok some more pics of wild harvest: son collected all of this with his friend; will be made into hedgerow jelly tomorrow

included are a few wild plums, blackberries, rosehips, hawthorn berries, sloes and elderberries

 

the other photo is of some HUGE acorns daughter and I found today in our local forest

 

 

 

Mon 23-Aug-10
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OO, Shelley, those berries are just beautiful!  When I saw the thumbnail shot they looked like Smarties then I enlarged the shot - magic.  Those Acorns are not from the same kind of oaks that we have here are they?

I'll try that again!

Mon 23-Aug-10
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Wow, Shelley, those acorns look like green figs sat in a cup of toffee, but as TA says, that plate of fruit looks gorgeous. smile

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Tue 24-Aug-10
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processing the fruit now; will have a hedgerow jelly comprising elderberry, blackberry, apple, hawthorns, some plums and mirabelles and finally some rosehips mmm!

 

I think the acorns come from an american oak; it is amazing here this year, all types of oak trees are literally covered in acorns; a bumper harvest if I could think of a saleable use for them!

Tue 24-Aug-10
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Sell them to a pig farmer!  Wasn't Ersatz coffee made from them during the war? 

I'll try that again!

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