East End Jam walk and workshop

We had a fantastic walk and workshop today, with an amazing 70 jars of jam, jelly, chutney and ‘cheese’ produced from over 10 kilos of fruit.

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We met at Hackney Wick station, and walked a short way onto the edge of the Lea to have a brief introduction before starting our walk – beginning with some great finds including apples, pears, blackberries and tomatoes(!). We continued along the Lea to Wick Woods, where we gathered more blackberries, some cherry plums, Rowan berries and a few sloes. Crossing back over the Lea to Mabley Green we split – one group tracing the edge of the green collecting blackberries and elderberries and the other harvesting apples and pears (with permission) from the garden at The Marsh Hill Project.

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We wiggled our way through Homerton, picking some amazingly plump rose hips, some not-quite-ripe figs, rosemary and bay (to flavour our chutney) as well as Mahonia and red flowering currants, one under-ripe quince and a very late sprig of elderflower. What a haul!

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Arriving in the kitchen at Frampton Park Baptist Church we sorted, washed and chopped, and made plans for what we wanted to make. I will add the recipes here soon, but we produced: a massive batch of Rowan and Apple Jelly, a Rosehip, Quince and Apple jelly, an East-End Jam (with a little bit of everything we picked) and East End chutney, an Apple, pear and plum jam, a blackberry jam, an apple and blackberry jam, and an elderberry, blackberry and apple ‘cheese’.IMG_20160821_141245433_HDR

Thanks to Frampton Park Baptist church for the use of their amazing space, and to the foraging/jamming team who made it all happen!

 

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