Elderberries

2013, A Mast Year for Nuts and Berries

Fi Bird | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

This year the seasoned forager can use squirrelled, store cupboard berry syrups in the confidence that replacement wild berries are plentiful. Some might even dare to open an immature bottle of Pontack with carefree abandon.In a year of berry famine, I'd probably err towards waiting the suggested seven years, until opening the Pontack.

Graveyard Foraging

Fi Bird | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Historically blackberries were planted around church graveyards to deter sheep or folklore claims, to keep the devil away. Whatever the reason, at this time of year there is plentiful supply of blackberries, hips and haws on both town or country church land.