Yesterday one of my favourite bits of Summer happened, the first red fruit harvest. Before the day heated up beyond endurance, Bonus Boy and I set off into the garden with a white plastic bowl and a lot of excitement.
The garden is a bit overgrown thanks to the massive downpour a few weeks ago and the blazing sunshine ever since, so we could have used machetes as we approached the raspberry canes. However, Bonus Boy was bold and fearless and struck ahead to find the precious jewels which were to be our reward!
Once he had cleared a path through the undergrowth, frightened off spiders and located the treasure I joined him and we began on the raspberries!
(You can just see him to the right of me, cropping like mad!)
He moved on to the redcurrants and climbed right inside the bush to find the choicest fruit. True to tradition, I don’t think all the berries made it into the bowl!
We had enormous fun gathering in the fruit!
This is him doing a little forager’s dance of victory!
My Beautiful Girl joined us for the strawberry harvest and everyone else miraculously appeared from their beds when it was time to eat!
We will shortly have more raspberries than we can eat and I will start jamming. Last year I made sure we stored one jar and kept it until Christmas. On Christmas morning, we opened it and breathed in the scent of Summer and it was gorgeous!
It really is worth making a bit of space in the garden for a fruit patch. Strawberries grow well in hanging baskets and I have grown redcurrant bushes in pots. The taste of berries warm from the garden and ripened in the sun is a million miles from the taste of forced fruit, out of season, wrapped in plastic and air freighted to supermarket shelves!
I make jam, various cakes and some delicious drinks with the fruit and will post recipes on here as I start making them. Any other ideas for using up the harvest?