With summer almost at an end, temperatures starting to drop and the kids back at school, we’re looking forward to welcoming the autumn season with open arms. Not least because it’s the perfect time of year to get out and about foraging for the late summer bounty that the British countryside has to offer.
From popular blackberries and raspberries to lesser-known elderberries and rosehips, some of Britain’s most delicious autumn fruits can be found just minutes from our doorsteps if you know where to look. And the best thing of all? It’s completely free!
The blackberry, one of the best-known (and probably the most commonly seen) British berry is in season from July through to November and can be found in most woods, hedges and heaths. They’re at their best when they’ve turned a deep purple-black colour!
Easier to pick and less spiky than its cousin, British raspberries are available from June until November. They are thought to have originated in Eastern Asia, with us Brits starting to cultivate them in the middle ages. Nowadays, you should be able to find an abundance in mixed woodlands, clearings, or even on the roadside.
The elderberry is a common fruit that can be easily found in woodland and hedgerows, although you might not know what it is when you stumble across it. They are small, dark red-black berries that grow in clusters and can be added to other berries to add an extra element of deliciousness to crumbles, jams or pies.
Last, but not at all least, is the rosehip. You’ll find these small, berry-sized seed pods on a rosebush if you leave the spent flowers at the end of the season. Wild rose bushes are found in hedgerows, rough grass and scrubland and you can use the rosehips to make jellies, sauces, syrups or teas – but be sure to remove the inner seeds first!
As autumn is one of our favourite times of year at Morley Hayes, we’re celebrating with our next countryside walk on Sunday 14 October. Join us for a ramble around the Morley countryside, woods and fields, enjoying the autumnal colours and a talk about the trees and the conservation programme that Morley Hayes is running. The walk is approximately 5-7 kilometres, lasting about an hour and a half.
To book your place, call our events team on 01332 782005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Who knows, you might even go home with a bucketful of Great British berries!
So, you’ve been out foraging and you’ve collected loads of sweet and juicy berries. Now what? Put your hand-picked ingredients to use with some of our favourite berry recipes from around the web: