Posts Tagged ‘wild Raspberries’

First things first, eating enough of this forager find is said to help thin your blood, perhaps a good thing if you feel you’ve clogged up your arteries with rather unhealthy bbq/summer meals these last few months. However, even if you live by a healthy routine, i’d definately recommend giving it a go!

Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff

This find is sometimes called ‘wild baby’s breath’ and has a perfume flower that has been likened to vanilla and sometimes sweet hay.

Being a farmer’s daughter this is another smell I know well and hay time was always, without question, the best smelling time of the year!

But we are not here to make Pot Pourri (although it is supposed to be brilliant dried for that very purpose, I could make some for my Grandmother I guess!), we are here to cook. So what’s the crack…?

Well, anyone for a refreshing tonic tea?  Sweet woodruff makes a great cup of herbal tea, infusing both the vanilla and sweet hay flavours to produce a perfect summer brew.

Children may enjoy a glass of sweet woodruff infused milk, however having just looked after my two eight year old nephews I do not think they would have thanked me for sweet woodruff milk! I think they’d have much preferred a fruit shoot! Although they did love my mugwort beef stew (mainly, I think, because they did not know what it was!).

Perhaps I could make them something with wild raspberries, guys there are tonnes of wild raspberries around at the moment, it’s a great day out with the kids and you can all ‘fill your boots’ as they say! I recently went down to the golf woods here at RuddingPark and we made a great dessert from the raspberries we found.

Wild raspberry picking but watch out for those nettles!

Wild raspberry picking but watch out for those nettles!

Back to the ruff…

So what to do with sweet woodruff when you find it? There are so many recipes, from sweet jellies to marinades, syrups, desserts or even some of the more delicate fish dishes.

And more importantly what does it look like and where do you find it? We’re looking for a plant growing about 20cm in height, the flowers are small and white in colour with almost star shaped petals. The leaves are a very lush green colour with pointed tips and bunch together in groups of six to eight. The leaves have little hooks on them that stick to you like Velcro. The season begins in May time, so keep your eyes peeled from then on.

In order to grow sweet woodruff you need mildly acidic soil and shady areas. Even though it is a difficult plant to get going, once it starts it will really take a hold.

So there you have it folks, sweet woodruff is worth the effort to find. It is great in small quantities and is another wonder of this amazing world we love living in….

‘Sweeting out the ruff’ in the Rudding Park woods!

Steph x

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Dear Wild Cooks

Yippee I have just seen a wonderous amount of wild raspberries in the golf course woods here at Rudding Park. I filled my basket to the brim to bring you a quick and easy summery recipe to set those taste buds tingling with red fruit summer joy.

You know it makes sense to pay homage to the brilliant raspberry. For me there is nothing quite like finding some wild raspberries and making a quick raspberry pie. Pietastic!  

Raspberrys growing at Rudding Park

Follow this easy recipe for the best pie pastry . You can then fill your pie with whatever you like, raspberries, rhubarb, peaches, nectarines…you name your favourite!

Pick us a winner

Simply brush the pasty lid with with a beaten egg and cook at a moderate heat for 30 minutes for a golden ‘melt in the mouth’ pastry. If you have not already, why not take a look at our pie chart  to discover ‘what is good when’ in the world of fruit pies.

Who ate all the pies?!Pietastic raspberry pie

Steph x

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