Well the garden has finally kicked off as they say if it don’t rain it pours, lots of new crisp spring growth to harvest and I couldn’t ask for a nicer sunnier day to do it .
My native gooseberries (Physalis minima) have all ripened which is great because I wasn’t sure if they would I had to pick them pretty green as they got badly wind damaged in some bad storms we had here.
I decided to make a sauce out of them, I had some frozen night shade berries (Solanum nigrum) as well so I combined the two to make a yummy dipping sauce for my weed crackers, the recipe is below.
Native Gooseberry & Night Shade Berry Sauce
- 2 cups Native goose berries
- 2 cups Night shade berries
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon sea lettuce & Tassie pepper leaf salt (see other blogs)
- 1 tablespoon chilly oil
- 4 cloves
- pinch black pepper
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup raw sugar
Ok so you boil the fruits with all the other ingredients except the vinegar & sugar until the fruit is cooked and the liquid is reduced slightly then you add the vinegar & sugar and hard boil until thick then bottle hot.
This turned out really well and the smell was amazing as it was cooking, it went really well with my weed cracker (see other blogs).
Also today I harvested the beautiful new spring growth of Dandelion leaves (Taraxacum officinale), Sow thistle (Sonchus sp.) and Californian poppy (Eschscholzia californica) I will use the dandelion leaves as a tonic tea and the sow thistles will be used in many different foods, the Californian poppies will be used in a herbal tea blend and smoked. Also in the picture below you will see some Hawthorn branches (Crataegus sp.) I want the dried leaves for a tea and figured it would be easier and less painful to picked the whole branch dry them and bash the leaves off they are nasty buggers…….
Earlier in the week I harvested my usual every second day Borage flowers (Borago officinalis) Pot marigold flowers (Calendula officinalis) I have to harvest the borage flowers before the sun comes up because the bees absolutely love them, oh and I do leave half for them each harvest, White clove leaves (Trifolium repens) and some Youngberry leaves (a hybrid from Rubus genus- Blackberry and Raspberry and Dewberries of the rose family).
The white clove tea is nice as is the youngberry leaf tea and as weird as it sound it does taste ever so slightly of the fruit….. the borage and calendula flowers just go into my herbal tea mix which is just what ever is around at the time.
Oh…. I also harvested a heap of nettles (Urtica sp.) too, it has been a busy couple weeks yah!! I hope your days have been as productive. 🙂