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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Foragers Diary; Apple and Oregon Grape Juice

While walking back from the library with the children recently we collected this bag of wind fall apples and Oregon grapes.  Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) is a non-native species in the UK, originating in North America, it is often planted in towns and round supermarkets etc.. It has distinctive spiny evergreen leaves not dissimilar to holly and when cut the wood appears bright yellow. Yellow flowers in the spring develop into large clusters of purplish fruit, not dissimilar in appearance to true grapes, but much smaller. The fruit are very tart and contain large seeds but can be added to cordials, sauces for meat and mixed with sweeter fruit for use in pies and crumbles. 

The batch shown in the picture above, along with the apples was used to make about three litres of fruit juice to add to the ever growing collection below.


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