Hey Autumn! Thanks for stopping by already! I love how we had a really great sunny Summer this year and then as soon as it hits September Mother Nature was like “bam! here’s your Autumn folks!”. No warning, no gentle Indian Summer rolling into cooler days and drawn in nights. Oh no. This year September is a proper Autumn month and I am NOT complaining.
Check out last year’s post on Things To Do This Autumn for inspirational and fulfilling activities to do this season. Meanwhile, I have been spending some time at my Dad’s and found that his garden is a foragers paradise! (does it even count as foraging if I’m picking off the bushes in the back garden? Probably not, no.) We have an abundance of blackberries, sloes, rosehips and crab apples. In the summer there was a massive crop of cherries too. It’s been a great year for berries so it’s totally worth getting out there and making the most of the nature’s bounty.
This week I’ve been picking the blackberries. It’s one of my favourite things to forage. I have distinct memories of going down to the old disused railway line near my childhood home and picking from the plethora of brambles. Blackberries feel very English to me.
My favourite blackberry recipe is still the Blackberry Vodka. I made it for my family and friends for Christmas a couple of years ago and it went down a treat. I love it!
But I do want to try a few more blackberry recipes this year. So this week I’m in kitchen experimenting with new ideas for this humble foraged berry.
This Autumn I Am Foraging
- Sweet Chestnuts
I am desperate to get some sweet chestnuts roasting in the oven this season. Don’t forget to pierce them first though! They taste amazing roasted and then dipped in a little salt. Divine!
Other Foraging Delights You Can Find in Autumn
- Crab Apples
As much as I love the idea of taking a long autumn walk through the woods hunting for mushrooms I am very wary of picking my own. I would recommend having someone with fungi-knowledge accompany you if you forage mushrooms. The risk of picking deadly ones is just too great. But one day, when I find myself a mushroom expert I might just go for it.
Good luck if you’re out foraging this Autumn!
What are you favourite foraged finds?
P.S. If you’re on Pinterest check out my Autumn Inspires board. It’s full of Autumn prettiness!