Blackcurrants galore

The blackcurrants are ready to pick. We have 10 or so mature blackcurrant bushes. Picking them is not a quick business. As I spent time picking them, today, I could appreciate why commercially blackcurrants are harvested mechanically. If I costed out my time and applied the minimum wage, then the little packets that are in the shops, would cost a whole lot more.

I picked almost 4 lbs of blackcurrants today. A few bushes down from where I was picking, there was a blackbird helping himself. Not sure how much he had. I use our harvest each year to make blackcurrant jelly, blackcurrant sauce and blackcurrant juice. I’d love to know what well loved recipes other people use.

Not finished yet. I’ve got a whole lot more picking to do tomorrow and probably the next day too!

6 thoughts on “Blackcurrants galore

  • Sunday 4 July, 2010 at 7:21 am

    gosh they look lovely and very yummy!

    • Sunday 4 July, 2010 at 7:53 am

      The children (and blackbirds) eat them straight from the bushes, which I find too sharp. I can enjoy the taste more when they are cooked and sweetened. Then they are definitely yummy!

  • Sunday 4 July, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Sounds like you need to bake the blackbird into a pie to set before the king! Well done on your patience with picking all those currants! Your garden is producing some gorgeous things!! I am getting garden envy…

    • Sunday 4 July, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      Hee hee! I wonder if the blackbird would taste of blackcurrants and raspberries. I think I will give it a miss, as they do sing so sweetly.

  • Monday 5 July, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Hmm, yummy. Here we have been indulging in wild rapsberries!

    • Monday 5 July, 2010 at 10:32 am

      Our raspberries are giving about a couple of handfuls a day at the moment. Yum.

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