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Wild Berries & other exciting stuff!
Fri 17-Sep-10
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Heather E
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Shelly, Just printed off your hawthorn jelly and ketchup recipes.  Merci beaucoup for these.  I've seen so many hawthorn berries on my local walks recently and will be out there foraging ASAP.  Looking forward to trying both recipes.  I be the jelly is a lovely colour, n'est-ce pas?smile

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Fri 17-Sep-10
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So true, Heather. I have never tasted a haw concoction and I would love F to try those. But the priority here is to harvest our great crop of rose hips, which are in perfect condition right now.

F has been chained to the stove these past few weeks and is beginning to protest.frown

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Sat 18-Sep-10
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Silly me - so excited to find a wonderful supply of rosehips on a foraging expedition that I forgot to check our own Rosa Rugosa for hips - it does tend to get hidden at the back of the garden.  Found it was covered in lovely big fat hips this morning, but sadly they are all rather squashy, so I guess they are too far gone to be of any use.  I'll 'av 'em next year, though!  My foraged hips are lovely jewels waiting in the freezer until I can find a source of sweet apples - most of my finds have been cookers or crabs.  Am due to go on a Volunteer apple-picking day in early October, so I'm hopeful.  Just read Fiona's blog on apple bags and pickers - I'm so looking forward to my day out, now, and hope to get to use these.  Much better that trying to knock off apples with a big stick.  Ow, my neck!

 

I've not used rosehips before - do they have an individual taste, eg like rose petals? Does rosehip syrup taste of anything other than sugary sweetness?

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Sat 18-Sep-10
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Danny said:

So true, Heather. I have never tasted a haw concoction and I would love F to try those. But the priority here is to harvest our great crop of rose hips, which are in perfect condition right now.

F has been chained to the stove these past few weeks and is beginning to protest.frown


 

 

I know how she feels!!! I felt very much that I was burning the candle at both ends and even in the middle!!   I found some haws but have frozen them for future usage.  I am also collecting rosehips

 

Sat 18-Sep-10
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Heather E said:

Shelly, Just printed off your hawthorn jelly and ketchup recipes.  Merci beaucoup for these.  I've seen so many hawthorn berries on my local walks recently and will be out there foraging ASAP.  Looking forward to trying both recipes.  I be the jelly is a lovely colour, n'est-ce pas?smile


yep indeed!! the jelly is a lovely delicate rose pink colour!

Thu 23-Sep-10
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Heather E said:

Found it was covered in lovely big fat hips


 

Is it an Italian variety, Heather? big_laugh

I don't know the answer to your question about their flavour. Must ask Fiona.

Shelley - I kind of agree about the heightened workload at this time of year. Long hours spent stirring pans and waiting for the "set". But it is so worthwhile in February, when you can produce a jar or two of some exquisite concoction to impress a visitor. star starstar welldone

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Thu 23-Sep-10
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Rosehips have more a citrus taste than a rosy taste- sharp and a bit spicy.

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Fri 24-Sep-10
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Danny said:

Is it an Italian variety, Heather? big_laugh

 


 

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I'll try that again!

Fri 24-Sep-10
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Decided I couldn't wait to get enough apples to make rosehip jelly, so last night I used all my lovely frozen hips to make syrup instead.  It's, well, interesting.  A sort of sludgy dark rose in colour, and quite sweet with not too much of a distinctive flavour - am I expecting too much?  Maybe I just prefer something with a bit more of a tang, or bite.  Maybe a drop of lemon juice at the end, or apples added to the mash?  Would that ruin the Vit C content?  As both I and OH have hacking coughs at present, it will come in handy to boost our general low spirits - we've already polished off the remains of last year's Blackcurrant Brandy Liqueur as hot toddies, so the timing is just right.  In fact, cough, cough, where's the spoon? (Make it a large one!)

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Fri 24-Sep-10
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big_hug to you Heather.  Hope the remedy works.

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Lemon is really nice with rose hips- I'm laid low with a bad chest too Heather. No fun.big_hug

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Fri 24-Sep-10
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Kate, you've started early this year with the bad chesticles.  I hope you get rid of it soon,  same goes for Heather too.  big_hug to both of you.

I'll try that again!

Fri 24-Sep-10
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the bugs certainly seem to be arriving early this year!! I've already had the first tummy bug and a sore throat!

Hope the rose hip syrup works: I am thinking of making it soon and then using the pulp to make some fruit jellies.... should be interesting!

Sun 26-Sep-10
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OH said he wasn't keen on the 'gloopiness' of the syrup and asked for it to be made up into a hot toddy with boiling water.  This certainly brings out the citrussy note Kate mentioned - it's hot toddies for me from now on.  In fact, too many hot toddies today - nearly finished bottle #1.medicine

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Heather E said:

A sort of sludgy dark rose in colour, and quite sweet with not too much of a distinctive flavour - am I expecting too much? 


 

Mine came out a lovely deep orange colour, but I possibly made it weaker because I strained the pulp then returned it to the pan with more water, gave it another quick simmer then strained again. The frugal fairy then took over and because I'd read not to squeeze the bag because of troublesome hairs I was determined to get as much out of the hips as possible - so back in the pan they went for a third time. It tasted very nice when I was licking the spoon during the clearing up!

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