On Sunday we had a lovely afternoon that didn’t cost us a penny. We’ve been foraging for food – picking blackberries!
Our car has been stuck in the local garage for over a fortnight now and won’t be coming home. (More on that disaster another time). Even being the hermit that I am, even I was getting a little cabin fever.
Mr B and I both have bicycles, so if I’m not particularly fatigued or in pain, I’m able to cycle a reasonable distance.
We decided to ride to the local nature reserve that isn’t far from us. It’s blackberry season (my favourite fruit!) so we packed some containers and off we went.
We rode the distance of the reserve first, to scope out the best picking areas, then rode back, stopping to pick. Though we took some gardening gloves, we didn’t use them.
Yes we got some scratches and nettle stings and yes it rained a little, but it was so relaxing! I ate a fair few berries along the way, though not the ones that were low down and liable to have been peed on by dogs!
We spent a couple of hours at the reserve, passing the time of day with friendly people and even friendlier dogs. It was a lovely afternoon and was even nicer due to the fact that we hadn’t had to take our wallets with us.
We bagged a large container of blackberries for zero cost, plus a handful of sloes (check out this sloe recipe, of which there were many. There were also rosehips (check out this recipe) and let’s not forget nettles, too, if you like nettle soup.
You don’t need a nature reserve nearby to forage your own food, as blackberries are everywhere now. Hurry if you don’t want to miss them! One thing; you might want to avoid berries growing by roads with heavy traffic pollution. Yet, this article shows that this concern may not be as worrisome as you might think.