Pick your own

It’s easy to forget where and how different fruits grow when buying our weekly shopping. It’s even easy to forget that there are seasons and that all fruit shouldn’t be available all year round, without produce being shipped thousands of miles round the world. Apples from New Zealand anyone?

The great thing about buying and growing seasonal British produce is not only how great it tastes, but also the challenge of what you can make with the abundance in that week. We’ve eaten A LOT of courgette cake this summer.

One day in August, we spent a Sunday morning at a local pick your own farm, foraging for fruit and dreaming up different things we can do with our mountains of strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants.

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It was a great way to while away a couple of hours, in the fresh air and filling our tubs with piles of different fruits.

With our bounty we made jams and jellys, crumbles and pies, and these little beauties below. I couldn’t resist baking up something chocolatey to go with my freshly picked raspberries. (You can find the recipe for the cake here)

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I dug out a hole, filled with some pureed raspberries and sprinkled with icing sugar. Topping them off with a whole raspberry, delicious.

Although the berry season is coming to an end the apple and pear season is in full swing. So what will you be cooking up with them?

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