Just decanted the crabapple liqueur I made back in November. Must have a little taste…….mmmm it’s quite applely with a bitter but not unpleasant aftertaste….I’ll just try a little more to decide if I really like it….

Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa)

Sweet chestnuts come wrapped in spiky cases and look a bit like little hedgehogs, they are best picked up from the ground soon after they have fallen and should still be firm to the touch, ones with little holes in them should be discarded as this is a sign of weevil infestation. The chestnuts are […]

Lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

I stumbled across these little fellas on a walk across Burbage just a few days ago, seems unbelievable now that they should still be there in the midst of our snowy hills and grey skies. The flowers are still providing food for bees and other insects while the berries are a great source of nutrition […]

Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum)

Found growing cheek by jowl alongside the lingonberries on the local moors, this is another low growing evergreen that now comes under the heather family classification. The berries are edible but fairly tasteless and contain little in the way of vitamins, although they do have a reasonable amount of vitamin C and K. They are […]

Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo)

Pumpkins are a part of the gourd family which includes cucumbers, melons and courgettes. It is in fact a fruit, (they contain seeds), although they are usually regarded as vegetables. Pumpkin carving originated in Ireland, where turnips and potatoes were carved as part of Samhain. Once the Irish immigrated to America they discovered pumpkins, or […]