When I was younger I wouldn’t say boo to a goose but there is something about a passion for all things home grown that loosens my lips and finds me approaching complete strangers. Last weeks strangers were that most friendly variety, the dog walker, while searching for crab apples to pair with these elderberries from the allotment. Following the success of the Redcurrant Jelly I wanted to make an authentic Hedgerow Jelly and had received a handy tip off after posting a ‘crab apples wanted’ ad on my local Freecycle group. Although I came away without any apples that day it was by no means a fruitless endeavour.
Discovering a field edged with brambles and elderberries and a pavement carpeted with plums (sadly the fruit still on the trees was too high to reach) I know where to head next year for bucket loads of sweet scented elderflower heads for cordial making and soft fruit for all sorts of puddings and preserves. As for the Hedgerow Jelly recipe, the addition of these blackberries and shop bought bramley apples created a gorgeous jet black jelly to add to my collection.
ps. I was a little envious of these which I spotted hanging over a garden wall. My passion flowers didn’t produce any fruit despite of the promising looking blooms back in July.