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Old 06-08-2006, 7:35 PM
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Had a lovely day today blackberry picking with the kids.
whilst looking at all the bushes I notised some purple looking things, possibly fruits ? anyway Im ashamed to say I didnt know what they were :confused:

Infact what free fruits are there to pick and what do they look like ?

Also once Ive identified them, what do i do with them ?
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Old 06-08-2006, 8:17 PM
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Could they be sloes ? A bit early I'd have thought, mind you it's a bit early for blackberries round these parts - where are you ?

http://www.sloe.biz/sloes/index.htm

Sloes are very tart and best stuffed in a large jar with copious amounts of sugar and gin for a few months - hey presto Sloe Gin !

Elderberries are good for making preserves- jellies and syrups and wine. But don't eat them raw as they can upset your tum.

Bilberries are bluish-purple and like small blueberries. There's a thread on here about them somewhere.

These are good sites

http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/Fi...oods_for_June/


http://forum.rivercottage.net/index.php

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I wonder if they are the same as something I've spotted - BF thinks they are damsons - still quite small, purplish with a sort of bloom on them green flesh - not yet ripe?
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Sloes do look a bit like damsons, but damsons are oval and sloes round. Also damsons grow on trees (they're a kind of plum) and sloes are on a bush with large thorns (also known as blackthorn).

You can make sloe gin with damsons.......except you call it damson gin I make it every year as damsons are easier to come by in quantity.
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they were on a bush and they do look like the sloes , they were very small like the size of a small grape.

I live in Hampshire uk and there were alot of the blackberries ready for picking, We picked 2lb worth and Im hoping to make jam for the first time ever !
I expect its the hot summer weve had, the reason we went and checked was because I notised a man picking them on a road side as we drove by,
we picked ours in the country side (no car fumes).

Now I need some jam jars, do you think dolmio sauce jars are ok to use ?
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i am sure the sauce jars would be fine, our brambles are not nearly ready here yet
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any sauce jar will be fine wash well then sterilize in oven at 120c before use, put small wax discs on top of jam and lid on whilst very hot or totaly cold!
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Just remembered about bullaces - a kind of wild plum

http://www.biglittlefruit.co.uk/Camp...on/catid=4.htm
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I used to love berry picking as a kid, can I ask what the rules are in the UK though...............I hate to be breaking some unwritten rule. If the berries are growing along the roadside are they there for everyone to pick?? Is there anywhere I shouldnt be picking.

We wont be picking anything for a while here yet, the blackberries are still small, green and hard.
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I think someone mentioned about using the inside of a cereal box for the wax papers, I think it may be the the actual bag the cereal sits in .

wish I knew how to put photos on here cos id take a photo of the fruit for you to see.
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I used to love berry picking as a kid, can I ask what the rules are in the UK though...............I hate to be breaking some unwritten rule. If the berries are growing along the roadside are they there for everyone to pick?? Is there anywhere I shouldnt be picking.

We wont be picking anything for a while here yet, the blackberries are still small, green and hard.
As far as the rules go, I'd not touch anything 2 feet from the ground. Perfect dog height!

Apart from that I believe you can knock yourself out. Feel free to contact the highways authoritity for stealing their blackberries, but technically you're doing them a service by keeping their pavements clean ;- )
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I think blackberrying is a national right ! I've never heard of any laws regarding gathering wild berries etc. Obviously if the plant is growing in someone's garden it's off limits, but other than that pick away
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i make sure i pick well away from the road, dont want them full of lead from petrol fumes
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We go blackberry picking every year, although ours are still green/pink at the moment, so i think it will be next month before we can start!!!!

thriftlady - is there anyway of finding out if something is definatly a sloe? This year near my house we have berrys that look exactly like the sloes in the link you posted above, but ive never noticed them around here before!!!! I dont want to start picking them, sticking them in my gin (the best place for them!!!) and then find ive picked something poisonous!!!!!
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i make sure i pick well away from the road, dont want them full of lead from petrol fumes

Lead's been banned in petrol for quite a few years now so that's not a worry anymore.
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forgot about that stumpjumper, suppose still best to pick away from the road, must say our biggest crop of brambles is by the river anyway
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anyone know if theyre ripe in manchester area yet..its a long walk to where mine are and i dont fancy it if theres no reward at the end!!
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had alot of luck this morning, took kids down to the local castle with the football and on the way we cut down a country style road and found some blackberries again, so I quickly emptied my 2 carrier bags telling the kids to carry there ball and bats lol. There were loads to pick and then I couldnt belive it as I was picking I found apples growing too , they were high up so we used the bats to pull them closer and I managed to pick 9 apples.

apple and blackberry jam ,all free lol.
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Old 07-08-2006, 1:59 PM
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if you want to identify berries etc why not check out the local library you could also borrow books to see what you can do with your harvest
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We went looking yesterday but none ready to pick by me yet (Lancs)
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