Late summer foraging


Picking blackberries on a late summer afternoon is one of life’s simplest pleasure.  But what do you do with your bounty?

Maude and I considered of course the option of making jam, but since there will be many more opportunities for blackberry picking, and the first crop is always the sweetest,  we decided instead to make blackberries and apples compote, using some of the windfalls (we having a great crop of apples this year). Here’s the recipe:

  • 6 lbs of apples (we used a mix of cooking and desert)
  • 3 lbs of blackberries

Yes, that’s all. No sugar needed, although you can add a little if you like it sweet, or if you are using very sharp apples!

Cook the apples and the blackberries together for 15 mn or so, then pour the boiling hot stew into sterilised Kilner jar and close them immediately.  This will keep for a year. No need for freezing.

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