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Re: Free and Wild Food
« Reply #165 on: July 29, 2017, 09:29 »
Nice one cc, hazel nuts are going mad near me, will be harvesting soon.
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Ooh I wish! Squirrels always eat them before we get to them.

Blackberries are plentiful though, and elderberries beginning to ripen. Considering hedgerow preserves .....
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Re: Free and Wild Food
« Reply #166 on: August 12, 2017, 10:46 »
Nice one cc, hazel nuts are going mad near me, will be harvesting soon.
Cheers
Aled
Walked a couple hedges which are regularly trimmed but not relaid. No point as they don't keep cattle. All of them have been taken over by other plants/trees.
BlackBerry, field Maple, blackthorn elder and hazel.
4 of the above are forageable. I am not going to try it but all maple trees produce maple syrup..supposedly!
Blackberry bushs absolutely hammered elderberry look the same.

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Re: Free and Wild Food
« Reply #167 on: Today at 00:09 »
Nice one cc, hazel nuts are going mad near me, will be harvesting soon.
Cheers
Aled
Did a bit of opening my eyes the other day. A hawthorn hedge had been taken over by blackthorn (sloes), Hazel (nuts) elderberry (elderberry wine), blackberry...blackberry! And field maple, the latter would be pushing it!!

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Re: Free and Wild Food
« Reply #168 on: Today at 09:04 »
  A sunny good morning to everyone. As a newbie I'd thought I'd share with you my free and wild food attempts this year. From my two Elder tree/shrubs in my backyard I made 12 gallons of Elderflower champagne which then became wine as there was not enough fizz to call it champagne, and yesterday I made a gallon of Elderberry wine which is nicely fermenting. I'm now on the lookout for more Elderberries to make more wine. Also made a pot and a half of greengage jam which has set really well - maybe a little too much, but I'm not complaining.
  Today I'm thinking about making Plum Jam, Plum Sauce, Plum Pickle, Spiced Roasted Plums as we were given a lot of Victoria plums the other day.
  I've also noticed some gorgeous looking blackberries not far from our house, so they are next on the list for converting into wine perhaps, or maybe jam, or use in a blackberry and apple crumble.
  Later on when the sloes are ready, it's Sloe Gin making time. At the moment our sloes are very small and not in abundance for the second year running. Prior to that we had a very good harvest, so I was able to make Sloe Gin, Sloe wine from the left-over pulp (very dry and an acquired taste as it's not what we call a glug-able wine) and lastly Elderberry cheese. I like to try and make the most out of the left-overs!
  What's next I wonder?

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Re: Free and Wild Food
« Reply #169 on: Today at 10:46 »
Morning lillyjane and welcome to the site  :)

There is a brewing bit of the forum, where you will find some ideas.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?board=8.0

Also a group who like preserving - this is 1 thread, but there are lots more around.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=124043.0

There are also loads of recipes in the main site.

http://www.allotment-garden.org/recipe/category/chutney-jam-val/

That should give you lots of ideas  :D

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Re: Free and Wild Food
« Reply #170 on: Today at 11:41 »
Thanks New Shoot...I'll be taking a look shortly as there's so much going on on this website.

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Re: Free and Wild Food
« Reply #171 on: Today at 11:54 »
We do have a lot of interests on here as well as gardening  :lol:

Foraging, cooking, preserving and brewing/wine making seem to go hand in hand with the growing side of things though.

 


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