Tag: foraging


Crab Apple Harvest & Cherry Wine

You can tell it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, can’t you? Anyway, just a couple of large bowls of crab apples from our tree, which has only been in the garden for a couple of years. Next year in particular should be a good crop. This is probably destined for winemaking… Speaking of which, we’ve now moved the cherry wine into the demijohn.

It’s that time of year where there’s plenty of foraging to be done. I recommend the River Cottage Hedgerow handbook if you’re looking to do a little yourself.


Cherry Wine

So, we’ve used about 5 lbs of morello cherries, which we picked the other day, in this homebrew effort. Popped them in a pan with 5 pints of water, boiled them for a few minutes, then let it all cool before shoving the cherries and liquid all into a fermenting bin. At the same time, we’ve got some starter yeast on the go separately (which we bought from a homebrew specialist shop around the corner), and have now added that to the cooled boiled cherries. Add sugar, and let the brewing begin!

There are stacks of wine recipes online and in books that all have little variants to this method, so the best thing to do is pick one and stick with that. It’s not really rocket science – so long as you keep more or less on track.


Morello Cherries

Two gardening posts in two days? You lucky things…

Here we have Morello Cherries, plucked from a tree in Oxfordshire (belonging to my girlfriend’s father), poured into four big pasta bowls. Is there anything nicer than picking fruit in the English countryside when the weather is scorching hot? (Yes, the addition of the knowledge that the fruit you’re picking is completely free.) The plan for half of these is to go towards making Cherry Wine, and the other half, who knows.