Friday, 30 August 2013

Things I saw in the woods today, part 45

Edible fruits growing wild - there is so much this year with the warmer than normal and dry summer.

Hawthorn berries make a decent liqueur although they are not terribly sweet. Their waxy, deep burgundy berries are a pretty addition to hedgerows though.
Rosehips are a very old-fashioned British remedy for coughs and colds. They make a wonderful blood-coloured jam and have a very high Vitamin C content.
Rowan berries make a great jelly or paste to eat with cheese. Pretty orange-coloured fruit but we don't really appreciate these berries in the UK for their gastronomic qualities and prefer to keep the tree as an ornamental addition to gardens.

Photos copyright SvD.

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