I grew up in the countryside, in the middle of North Yorkshire.
One of my favourite times was to go Blackberrying,
so when I had my children I too
forced invited them to come.
The children might have stopped coming but I still love foraging for fruit.
Now I live on the outer edges of Leeds with one foot in the countryside, over the years I have got to know were to look.
Near my house there is a block of flats that has fruit trees growing next to the path, most of the fruit end up on the ground and goes to waste, so it seems a shame not to use it ..
(you should always ask permission of the land owner)
One of the new fruits I found was Greengage.
I have now found this in many areas around were I live, it's a beautiful sweet fruit belonging to the Plum family, I have used it in crumbles but you can make jam as well. Jamie Oliver dose a simple recipe.
Apple and Pear trees grow here too, but not very well.
The bright yellow Cherry Plums are lovely.
The next place to visit is up in the fields were abundant amount of Blackberries grow.
Great for jams and pies..
This Apple tree next to the ginnel dose well most years, you just have to get there before the horses.
I think this tree has grown many years ago from people bringing apples up to feed the horses or it was just thrown away, and was just lucky enough to grow.
They are a small apple but very good for eating.
In the middle of the field there is two large Crabapple trees the Hoses leave these well alone, you know why if you dare to bite into one.
Have tried making Crabapple Jelly from this fruit, didn't turn out to well...
Back on my way down towards the park you will find Rosehip .
These ones are still green, but they do turn a bright red.
I know you can make jam from Rosehip, something I have not tried.
At the park there is Blackberries and Raspberries.
The Raspberries did not do to well at the park this year which was fine I still have jam from last year and fruit in the freezer !
Because I have been looking at the trees in the park this year I found some Hazel trees.
Round the corner from the Raspberry canes there is some Slow Trees, these have grown in the park from the trees in the Allotment that runs along side one end of the park.
There are a few wild Cherry trees.
And in the old car park I did find a Current Bush early on in the year.But when I checked they were all gone :(
I did find some Redcurrant hanging through the fence, they belong to someone...
Do you go foraging ....
Please don't eat anything you are not 100% sure off.