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Hedgerow Harvest.Autumn food for free.


Went for a wander down some country lanes at the weekend to see what I could gather to make a crumble. : ). There is already an abundance of fruit in the hedgerows. I found a couple of elder shrubs bearing clusters of reddish black berries. These can be used in pies and crumbles when added with other fruits such as blackberries. I have found an even better use for them however : ). Check out this blog link http://willowswoollyworld.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/elderberry-vodka.html
;Rose hips
The fruits of the Wild Rose known as ‘Hips’ are actually a major source of vitamin C and contain twenty times more of the vitamin than Oranges.WoW! I remember drinking rose hip syrup as a child….and I also remember the scratchy effects of homemade itching powder made from the prickly seeds : (, However the fruits can also be made into delicous jams and jellies.http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/rose_hip_jelly_and_jam/

I also stumbled upon a plum tree but the plums were way to high to gather without a ladder.Here is a link to a recipe for a yummy Plum upside down cake ( I will check to see how many fall off!)http://www.spadespatula.com/2012/7/27/local-plums-call-for-upside-down-cake/
In the end I played it safe and picked a few blackberries which I decided to put in a crumble with some apples one of my friends gave me from a tree in her garden.

I used Sophie Dahls autumn warming Apple and Blackberry crumble recipe.


1 cup flour
Half cup rolled oats
1 stick butter plus one tbsp to add to fruit
Half cup brown sugar plus 2 tbsp to add to fruit
8 oz blackberries
8 0z apples cored & chopped

Mix the flour, oats and butter in a blender or with your fingers in a mixing bowl so it looks like nubbly bread crumbs.Then mix in the brown sugar.

Put the fruit in a pie dish and add 1 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp of the sugar.Cover with the crumble mixture.Bake 30 mins until golden brown.

Serve with creme fraiche or custard

Serves 6

Look out for more posts featuring Autumn food for free. : )