Day 51 – Autumn Foraging

Sloes

Sloes

The towpath hedgerows are great places for foraging, especially in the autumn months. You can find a beautiful and colourful assortment of berries.

The towpath for me are like nature’s pick ‘n mix. You can just wander along, not a care in the world, sampling the hawthorn berries and absent-mindedly fingering the gleaming rosehips.

Rosehips

Rosehips

A lot of people walk along the towpaths everyday, hurrying on their way to work, they miss all of the beauty and splendor of this natural gift. When people see us picking and eating these wild foods, they look at us like we’re mad.  It’s quite amusing for us to see the bewildered looks on their faces, but also a little sad. It means people have little knowledge of how we used to live, foraging and hunting all of our food. Now I suppose modern technology is taking over, maybe it’s just that we’re going into a new age.

When people used to forage, they did it together, sharing what they had. Then they would go home and cook something lovely, sitting around a fire. They would laugh and talk and be as a family. I think it builds good relationships, not just foraging, but that whole way of life.

Does anyone have any ideas for recipes that include the ingredients that we foraged (shown in the photos)?  Either yummy or medicinal, any suggestions welcome!

Blackberries

Blackberries Someone recently told us that you shouldn’t pick these after the 21 september as they are thought to be possessed by witches!

Rosehips

Rosehips

Dewberries

Dewberries

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4 thoughts on “Day 51 – Autumn Foraging

  1. I just learnt what a dewberry is!! If the had those ingredients id make a ginger and hawthorn preserve/jam, and maybe add the rest to cider vinegar to infuse. Or I’d consider making fruit leather but this is much more time consuming. Lots of love to you all x x x

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  2. Add in some crab apples and Rowan berries to make a very nice hedgerow jelly. Rosehips are also very high in vitamin and make a good rosehip syrup. I too have not come across Dewberries before x

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  3. You are so right about people never having time to enjoy what is around.I too have never come across a dewberry. Years ago people cooked ate and talked as a family nowadays it’s rush rush rush. I hope you continue to spend quality time together.I TS so important. Xxxxx

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  4. Hi Gracie

    Recently at forest school we all made a lovely berry syrup I don’t know if you ever made it with us but it’s very nice. Sadly after a couple of days it tastes a bit alcoholic but it’s nice on pancakes it goes nicely on ice cream you can even use it like a cordial if you dilute it with water you can drink it.
    If you like I can send you the recipe. It does use quite a lot of sugar though.

    lots of love from Tiger x

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