Posts on September 2013

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Autumn in a plentiful time. The hedgerows and orchards are full. Make the most of these fruits for the whole year to come…

Jams, jellies, chutneys and alcohols are great ways to preserve fruits and vegetables till summer.

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Jams, jellies and chutneys are great ways of preserving fruit and vegetables for the whole season and make great gifts. 

Our orchard is full of apples, plums, end blackberries and blackcurrants, elderberries and pears.

The allotments and vegetable patches are packed with squash, marrow, courgette, beans, carrots and more….

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Elderberries

Available now and for the next few months. A seasonal and generally free treat.

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Full of vitamin C these little lovely are nearing the end of their season, so get in quick.
As well as there great flavour in jams and cordials, they are high in antioxidants, immune boosters and can improve heart health. So its a bit of a foragers super fruit really.

Elderberry has been used to help aid coughs and colds for donkey’s years and recent studies have seen it used in cancer prevention drugs as well as aids medicine.

You can use the flowers to make wine and cordials in spring/summer and use the berries to make jams and juices in the winter, they also spruce up a general apple crumble or fruit compote, yummy. What a perfect addition to your Winter food groups, delicious and great for the flu season, winner!

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You can find elderberry trees all around your local gardens and woods, but remember a couple of things.

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