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What Ya Foraged This Year?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by tinmanofkent, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Witchfinder General

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    Attention foragers of firewood, fruit and other things found!

    Whatcha got from the hedgerows this year? I picked a washing up bowl full of damsons this morning in a sneaky 30 minute skive. The tree was so laden with fruit I reckon it will take the best part of half a day to strip it! Also noticed a chestnut next to it.

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    Sloes haven’t done so well this year but I have one bush that really cropped well but it takes too long to pick them so need to find more time.

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    What has everyone else foraged so far?
     
  2. ibo7

    ibo7 Keyboard Hero

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    Just blackberries for me, just about everytime we left the house!
    Couldn't get enough of them
     
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    dancza Donator

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    Blackberries here too.
     
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    number10 Posting Addict

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    Sloes, Damsons are at the end of the garden and I haven't picked any yet. But I have picked Wild Garlic, Morels, Ceps, Chanterelles, Hedgehog Mushrooms, Charcoal burners, Fairy Ring Champignons, plus some others
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    Some Russulas with streakey bacon
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    oedbachgen Top Poster

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  6. Rat Man

    Rat Man Comfortably Numb

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    Just blackberries for me this year when out dog walking. More than normal in the hedgerows around here though.
     
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  7. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    A s**t tonne of brambles from work, and loads of plums from my garden:)
     
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    Mixture of sloes and some damson/bullace last week. I mix them all together in my version of Sloe Gin after popping them in the freezer overnight to crack the skins. Got 4 litres brewing :)
     
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  9. Josh K

    Josh K Self proclaimed AGF luckiest member

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    Blackberries and apples this year. The blackberries round here haven't been as good as previous years. I'll pick some walnuts from the paddock where our pony is as well.
     
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  10. Mortimer

    Mortimer Lord Haw Haw

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    Poor year for blackberries near me, but a wild plum tree in the hedge behind bore fruit for the first time--unfortunately nothing more than a laxative when stewed with sugar.:D The blackbirds and pigeons can 'ave 'em.
     
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    That hurts Barely Active

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    Poor all round for us this year and having to buy apples for the first time in about 12 years :( About the only thing that's done well this year are the hawthorns and picked a load of berries in readiness for 'er indoors making some jelly over the next few days.


    Edit : transplanted a quince tree last year and it's gone mental, with 4 inch fruit still expanding ... lovely with pork and rabbit, just put in the oven for 30 minutes :up:
     
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    number10 Posting Addict

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    recently bottled from last years Bullaces
    I probably should have not opened the bottle
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  13. Rm29

    Rm29 Currently obsessed with silencers

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    Hawthorn and hazelnuts for me! Love fruit leather made from Hawthorn berries. Mind you remove the seeds, don't eat them!
     
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    number10 Posting Addict

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    how do you make that Rm?
     
  15. Rm29

    Rm29 Currently obsessed with silencers

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    @number10

    Collect a bowl full of Hawthorn berries... Remove all stalks etc... Squeeze them with your hands removing all seeds (contain a form of cyanide).. It should be a fairly gel like substance, sticky as anything.. If too dry add a little water... . Put in the base of another bowl so it takes the shape of a dome(that's how I do it), flip it onto a plate, leave to dry, I use muslin sheet over it on a window sil, it goes hard and leather like when properly dried.. Can slice it with a knife....

    I like it, its a good source of sugar lasts forever. It can go mouldy but just chop it off! I keep it sliced in brown bags.. In the dark..

    There are YouTube bids on it I think!
     
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    Wacko74 Busy Member

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    Our pear, plum and apple trees have been useless for the last four years but this year they have gone mental
    The pear was that full it snapped at the base so I had to splint it and seal the joint
     
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    Pugwash Post apocalypse

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    We had a ton of damsons off a couple of trees I know growing wild the year before last.
    Then last year absolutely none.
    This year is good again.
    Damson vodka, brandy and gin are all really good and the jam ain’t bad either.
    Blackberry brandy is good as well and this is a good year for them again.
    Going to try crab apple gin with toffees this year to get toffee apple gin.
    And we’ll drink it even if it is $hit. Which it won’t be.
     
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    Pugwash Post apocalypse

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    Also been eating yew berries which everyone seems to think are poisonous since we were kids. They are lovely. Just don’t eat the pips.
     
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    Drenki, cherry (and normal) plums, apples, pears, blackberries, chicory, walnuts, yarrow, stinging nettles, wild garlic, birch bark, grass for hay and about to start collecting rose hips, hawthorn and gleaning sweet corn once the surrounding fields are harvested. We have foraged for the other wild plants (dandelion, clover, plantain, purslane etc.) during the season, foraging is part of our way of living and it is surprising what you can find and use........
     
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    Mortimer Lord Haw Haw

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    Just get it down your neck and shut up! :D
     
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