13 January 2014

Autumn in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Welcome to autumn in Inishowen. The trees are busy changing colour and sheading their leaves as the evenings get shorter and cooler. So far autumn has been a gentle introduction to the coming winter months as we’ve been enjoying some beautiful warm and sunny weather. Winter Time officially started last weekend and unfortunately the weather has taken a wet and cold turn. Oh well, time to cosy-up in front of the fire!

Foraging Time
Autumn is also a great time for foraging and this year has been a good season for black berry picking. We’ve been busy over the past few weeks making jam, blackberry fool and generally experimenting in the kitchen. Fresh raw blackberries also make a tasty and healthy topping for porridge in the morning.

We’ve also been attempting to make rose hip tea for the first time…it tastes quite nice and is very good of you! These lovely red berries from the common wild rose are one of nature’s best sources of vitamin C and can also be made into a syrup that can be used as an alternative to sugar.

So get out there and see what you can find in your local hedgerows…..we’ll keep you posted on what we find over the next few months!

Happy foraging, Solas Ireland.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1056429/From-rose-hips-joints-blackberries-lung-cancer--wild-plants-harnessed-new-wonder-drugs.html#ixzz2jJ7lll1e

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