Week of November 24, 2015 - Wild Fruit

Monday, November 23, 2015 6:36 PM | Anonymous

Wild Fruit

Yes, most wild fruit is gone. The last of the apples and pears are made into sauce and butter. The raspberries and blueberries are in the freezer. But there are still small wild fruits available to pick – think cranberries, grapes, rosehips, and crabapples – even after light snows. And they are especially tasty after a freeze or two.

Wild Fruit Honeys

Here’s a sampling of wild fruit jams from my refrigerator. Note the rose petal honey on the left. Yummy. Make a mental note to make some next summer. In the middle is a jam from the fruits of the dogwood tree, also known as Cornelian cherries. Never knew they were edible, or that they tasted so good. And on the right is a pot of rose hip jam made from the hips of Rosa rugose, the seaside wild rose. It is as tasty as it is pretty, and probably good for me too.

Rose Hips (Rosa canina)
This photo shows the hips of the wild rose, and personally, I have never figured out how to get the good of them. They are mostly seeds and hairs, with a thin covering of edible flesh. They refuse to make vinegar, though I have made great vinegars from their sister, the big rose hips from the seashore. There is such a large crop of these little rose hips this year that I am going to try boiling them in water to see if I can make jelly from them. It is just too much trouble to take out the seeds as I did when making the rose hip jam in the photo.

~ Wild Fruit, contd. ~

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