As summer nears its end, instead of dreading the colder months ahead, I make the most of the early abundance of autumnal fruits jeweling the hedgerows and trees.
In previous years, blackberry picking was something Mat and I enjoyed spending hours doing, riding our bikes through woods and filling up baskets to bake pies, tray bakes and make jam and even fill a freezer drawer full of fruit. We’d also come by the odd apple tree where Mat would happily climb the trees and we’d (unintentionally) play a bit of dodgeball as I’d try to catch the falling fruit into the bag. Fond memories.
This year, I am lucky enough to have a bountiful supply of wild blackberries in my garden and am surrounded by wonderful apple orchards behind my back garden amongst fields of horses and eagerly await the picking season in the next couple of weeks.
In my last garden, I had an apple tree, but last year got just one measly, miserable apple. This year, the search for wild fruit is on hold as I try to make use of the gardens offerings.
Here are some of my favourite ways to use early autumn fruits:
And some must try recipes from other blogs:
Blackberry Breakfast Bars (to make vegan)
Pure Chocolate and Blackberry Muffins (to make vegan)