The annual regret of Wimbledon is over, the cricket is looking pretty good though; we are now past the halfway mark in the year so let’s have a quick review.
It might not seem like it, but the nights are drawing in now so pay attention at the back...
Plum, Cherry Plum, Bullace, Damson and Greengage – Currently available in huge amounts for cropping. Great for eating, jam, chutney, pies, wine, liqueurs, cordial – the list goes on. Recipes.
|There Are Loads of Local Cherry Plums|
Green Walnuts – If you wanted to pickle or make schnapps you should have picked in June before the shell forms. The rest will mature as nuts in September. I am currently tuned into walnut trees and keep noticing them everywhere.
|Green Walnuts on a Tree|
Cherry – Mostly finished now but you still find the odd late tree with fruit on it.
|Late Cherries Still Available|
|Young Elderberries, Should Be Black Before Picking|
|Who Can Resist a Juicy Blackberry?|
|Apples Are Going To Be Up To A Month Early This Year|
|Hazel Nuts - Not Ripe Yet!|
Chestnut – These trees have been in flower and looked quite exotic. At the moment you can spy young nut cases (more about nutcases later...). Chestnuts will not be ready for a couple of months though.
|Chestnut Trees Have Fantastic Flowers|
People have been enquiring about my Top Secret Google Fruit Map. Well I have been schmoozing with Greg from the Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford Transition Network. We have decided to share a version of the Urbane Foragers Fruit Map (see bottom of blog or my Community Website. I have also agreed to do some talks/flashforaging trips with these guys, so contact Greg or sign up to follow the blog if you want to join us for some fruit based fun.