Foraged!

I really had no experience with choke cherries before but people have been saying it’s a banner year.

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I went out to Crooked Slide Park and they’re almost dripping from the trees along the side of the road. The berries are about the size of a blueberry, range in colour from almost black (ripe) to deep red. They are astringent and have a huge seed but the make a great jelly.

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It hardly took any time at all to pick about 5 litres of them.

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It was a fairly simple process. Boil with a little water. Strain off the juice. Reboil the juice with pectin and sugar and bottle. It’s the first time I’ve used pectin in one of my jams this year.

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The result was 4 jars of brilliantly coloured jelly. It will be a nice addition to dark winter days.

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