Foraging in September – Elderberry vinegar for salads!
I know it is not September anymore, and I miss the warming sunshine already, although wrapping up in warm knitwear, cosy cups of tea and coffee and knitting on the sofa wrapped up in blankets has its charm too! I have been rather busy in September and October with the launch of our Terrarium Collection and the annual Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, but I did manage to squeeze in a tiny bit of foraging too. The time when the hedgerows are abundant with berries is so precious and I aim to make the most of it every year, but sometimes have to admit defeat.
One of the staples I serve at our popular knitting workshops is a tomato and pomegranate salad drenched in a home made elderberry vinegar, and since I ran out of this luscious liquid at the workshop we held in August I needed to make more! The elderberry season has been rather rubbish in my neck of the woods this year and I rummaged high and low in all my usual spots with not much luck. I suspect some eager hedgerow trimming by the council is to blame…
I did manage to find some though, and with the addition of the late seasons blackberries I got enough to make a batch! I use this recipe I found on Galloway Wild Food blog who in turn quite Miles Irving’s Forager’s Handbook as their source.
The vinegar is easy to make; leave your fruit to steep for a few days, strain and boil the liquid with added sugar and bottle! I use mine as a delicious salad dressing on most types of salads, but it is indeed delicious on Yottam Ottoleghi’s tomato and pomegranate salad!
I’m loving this time of year, I just wish I had more time to do both all the knitting and make the most of the hedgerows! I’ve made a nice Pin-able image for you below so you can make sure you remember the elderberries come next September!
Enjoy autumn, I sure do!