I really had no experience with choke cherries before but people have been saying it’s a banner year.
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.
It hardly took any time at all to pick about 5 litres of them.
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.
The result was 4 jars of brilliantly coloured jelly. It will be a nice addition to dark winter days.