Take a look around your hedgerows. This has been a really good year for sloes, damsons and apples. Everywhere I look, the hedgerows are dripping with fruit. Clusters of damsons and sloes are hanging off the hedgerows like bunches of grapes. All spring, I looked for blossom and recorded where to find hedgerow fruit. Lay bys, field gateways and car parks are on my list. It’s amazing how hedgerow fruit can turn into boozy winter nights by the fire and gifts for friends and relatives.
We eat sloe jelly with roast lamb or roast chicken. We sip sloe gin in the winter. On my way home, I drop into lay bys and have a shuffle around in the hedge. Tonight I picked sloes and some crab apples. Come back tomorrow night for some jammin’, jellyingin’ and booze making! The best part, is that the main ingredient is free.
What do you grab from the hedgerows to add to your larder or gift baskets?
Love Froogs xx