Today we went foraging. It was a delightful sunny day and we had finished our chores so we decided to take advantage of the weather and head outdoors. We wanted to go foraging as September is a prime time for free foods. The main aim was to collect as many dandelions as possible to make a batch of dandelion liquor that would be ready for Christmas.
As the weather was so nice it was just lovely to be outside and we weren’t expecting to find much.
We were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed a good few hours in the open air and returned with dandelions (heads and leaves), clovers (the flowers are amazing and very sweet), crab apples, blackcurrants and mushrooms (which we decided to compost instead of eating to be on the safe side).
This afternoon was spent making the base for the dandelion liquor with honey and lemon juice. As well as cleaning our prizes ready for use tomorrow.
We have found a few recipes for crab apple jelly and lemon aid that we want to test although this may involve a second trip at some point to collect more fruit now we know where it can be found. The site I will be using for my base recipes is :http://www.sallywise.com.au/blog/crabapples-the-not-so-humble-fruit/
I still have some leftover apples that I picked whilst at home and the blackcurrants picked today which will be cooked into either a preserve or a desert.
If you have any suggestions for things to do with foraged ingredients or want to share your own experiences please leave a comment.
I hope you are enjoying a pleasant September and reaping the benefits of what is available locally.
I hope you will come back again.
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- Forager’s wishlist (ryansb90.wordpress.com)
- You’ll go wild for living off the land with tips from this expert (yorkshirepost.co.uk)