Hedgerow Harvest

Most fruit can be bought out of season, but it simply cannot compare to that grown and picked when nature intended. There’s nothing quite like the taste of jam made with just-ripened berries plucked from a local hedgerow, or chutneys made with sweet, crunchy apples hand-picked from a nearby tree. Preserve as soon as possible to capture their goodness; for peace of mind that there are no bugs lurking, place the berries in water with a sprinkling of salt, leave for a couple of hours, then rinse with clean water.