• Frozen Hedgerow Joy

    One of the things which I love to do (at least love the idea of) is picking fruit which grows in the ‘wild’, knowing that it would otherwise most likely end up falling to the floor and rotting. Unfortunately, I’m not so good at knowing when fruits are in season, and as such, there are a lot of missed opportunities through the year. Every year, there are two seasons which I do not miss, however, namely elderflower in May/June and blackberries in August/September.

    Last year, I managed a haul of 1Kg in blackberries, which were later turned into a rather delicious blackberry and apple jelly (with a very distinct flavour). This year, I picked roughly the same quantity, and have instead decided to make use of my recently purchased ice cream maker to make a sorbet (recipe included below).

    Of course, the slightly ironic thing about this form of free picking is that it never is actually free. Whilst the blackberries were free both the jam and the sorbet require sugar and this being a blackberry and lime sorbet required the purchase of four limes. For last years jam, I also ended up purchasing the 1Kg of apples which went into making the jam. Had I been more organised, I should have kept an eye out for an apple tree ripening at just the right time of year (easier said than done).

    Nevertheless, there is no chance that I would have tried either of these recipes had I not been able to pick the blackberries for free as they are otherwise rather expensive.

    Recipe: Blackberry and Lime Sorbet (makes about 1.25 litres)

    • 1 Kg Blackberries, washed
    • 250 ml Water
    • 250 g Sugar
    • 200 ml lime juice
    1. Place the washed blackberries into a pan with the sugar and the water. Bring to the boil and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2. Allow the mixture to return to room temperature before adding the lime juice and blending the mixture.
    3. Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove the pips, placing the mixture in the fridge to cool further.
    4. Place into the ice cream machine and make some rather tasty sorbet.


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