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Hedgerow Cookbook

edible hedgerow fruit 33 32 As we pass from high summer into autumn, the hedgerows are rich with fruits. These make tasty wayside snacks, or can be stewed in a pan on the camp fire. Fruits can be brought home for pies, crumbles, sauces and pures. They can also be preserved for the months ahead in jams, jellies, fruit cheeses, chutneys, cordials, wines and liqueurs. Vaccinium myrtilis. Also known as Whortleberry, Huckleberry and Blueberry. A low shrub, found on heaths and moors. Good for jam using lb of sugar to 1 lb berries. Eat raw or cook with sugar, lemon juice and peel. Use in pies, open tarts, and on pancakes. Native Americans dried them for winter soups and stews. op. Rubus fruticosus. Everyones favourite. Eat them raw with sugar and cream, or bake them into pies and crumbles. Mix them with stewed apple. Make jam, jelly, wine and vinegar. op. Prunus insititia. Wild damson. Leave on the tree until the first frosts have reduced their acidity. Pies, jams and wines. 39 Prunus cerasifera. A small tree, found in hedge rows or woods. Use the yellow fruit in pies, jams liqueurs. op. Malus sylvestris. Common in hedgerows. Small golden apples from Sept. Jelly, wine, cider, verjuice cheese. 35 Prunus domesticus. Found in autumn and early winter hedgerows. Wonderful for pies, jams, pickles, wine and cheese. op. Sambucus nigra. A small hedgerow tree with drooping clusters of black berries. Makes jam, jelly, cordial, wine, vinegar and chutney. Mixed with stewed apples and other fruit. 41 1 2
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