21 Sep 2008

Vitamin intensive jam from the hedgerow

This comes from Dorte, a Whiteshill resident, who kindly also gave me a pot to taste - and you can just feel the vitamins! Dorte was planning to have this recipe in the WaRbler magazine but the next issue is not out in time so hope I am fortunate to be able to have it here as an exclusive!!

500gms Elderberries
300gms Rowan berries

100gms Rosehips

100gms Banana

Half a lemon (juice of)

1teaspoon ground cinnamon

Half teaspoon ground cloves

125ml water (approx)

500gms preserving sugar

A little vanilla sugar

Wash the wild fruit and remove stalks. Pips need not be removed!! Place fruit in saucepan with water and all ingredients except banana and sugar. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Put the mixture through a sieve to remove stones, add bananas and sugars, then let bubble gently for approx 5 minutes. Stir so as not to burn. Put in glass jars previously heated in a low oven and seal with jam pot lids or jam pot covers.

All wild fruit has a large amount of Vit C - the Rowanberry more than any other, but it is more bitter. The banana is added to avoid the mixture getting too tart but berry proportions can be varied. Another recipe coming from Dorte soon - huge thanks to her.

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