Thursday, July 4, 2013

back, but busy

We've been back east for two weeks now and between playing catch-up w/clients and taking on some new work, I'm barely keeping my head above water.  Never mind the overwhelming abundance of wild foods this time of year...

What was I thinking, leaving the NE in the first full flush of foraging season?!  I won't make that mistake again.  I was afraid I'd missed two of my favorite harvests: Amelanchier berries and elderflowers, but no!  First day back at work I was met with a bumper crop of Juneberries (aka Amelanchier fruit aka Serviceberries) just waiting to be appreciated.  Which, of course, I did.

Here's how I foraged for Amelanchier in the middle of NYC; it's a specialized kind of urban gathering.   And props to Sara for sharing her Brooklyn kitchen, culinary inspiration, and  delectable Serviceberry Sorbet.



And here's how happy foraging for, cooking with, and eating Amelanchier berries make you!  Thanks Sara.

(photo by Elizabeth Robinson)

Elderflowers to follow. 

3 Comments:

At July 5, 2013 at 2:35 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Nice vid :) I agree with you about preferring the fully ripe fruit. A friend froze some for me this year because he knew I was agonizing over missing this crop!

 
At July 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Great video - I hope you're getting lots of wonderful feedback on these, they're terrific!

What a delight - how very many delights - from such an easy tree. I agree about the ripest berries, but this year, with heavy rains during the week of maximum ripening, we had to take some fruit early, to keep it all from blowing to the ground. I think for eating out of hand, the darkest are essential, but mixed in (the underlayer of the tart, for example), the less mature berries are pretty good. Or, of course, you could feed them to the dog!

The shrub has gone from delicious to spectacular - the almond flavor really developed since your visit, and the fruit flavor deepened as well. YUM!

And p.s... YES, it counts as foraging. It counts as "Backyard Foraging"!

 
At July 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM , Blogger Kizz said...

Beautiful video. I loved the cameo by Bu.

I didn't know anything about these berries until I met Sara (and her tree). Now I look forward to them all year!

 

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