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Hi

I just had to harvest some rowan berries ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan ) as the trees are really  full of them around here, this year.

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They are really bitter and need to be frozen before use to release the sugar content .

So I washed/cleaned them and got total 2,8kg berries for the freezer.

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Then I got on the net to find some recipes on how to make rowan jelly 

more to come 

cheers

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Hi Ande,

Thats really interesting regarding bitterness and freezing to release the sugar content.

We have many 'edible' berries here too, but most are beyond bitter... might try freezing some !

Cheers
Toga

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Hi again

So I picked another +5kg badge for the freezer. Most recipes I found, recommended a mix with apples do to the bitterness of pure rowan jelly  so that was the next step. First pick some apples and make juice7A6473F3-ADFB-4C21-9127-C2CBFFCC6995.thumb.jpeg.ae877b7a89aaee803f55b00fa47a7976.jpeg  

tossed the apple juice in the freezer, next step pick up the frozen rowanberry and make rowan juice84A852E6-8B24-4BE3-844D-35967C3CDD14.thumb.jpeg.e3182d81dabe7d1c22c69b6633509787.jpeg

 

Then I went on with the actual jelly production I decided to make two different. One pure rowan, and one 50/50 mix rowan/apple and true enough the mix is indeed a sweeter jelly (but still bitter)

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I'm very happy with the final results both taste great0F1CD175-7BBC-40AC-8615-C1BFAFBE8616_1_201_a.thumb.jpeg.d44a1e33b198a51ee4d0c19159bb5677.jpegD4E45819-99A6-446B-9810-A1E4EEEF1B85.thumb.jpeg.0de2ce40647d0644d9d69998878c5756.jpeg 

 

 I still have 4litre pure juice left in freezer, so I can make more jelly when needed, and also ended up drying a good lot of the rowan berries as well

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All in all very pleased with the harvest and final products

cheers

On 9/23/2019 at 10:55 AM, Toga said:

Hi Ande, 

Thats really interesting regarding bitterness and freezing to release the sugar content.

I use the same method on brussel sprouts, if harvested in summer/fall, before we have had a few frost nights. I always toss them in the freezer over night to sweeten them before use

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Hehe I see I got those pictures in a odd sequence

I'll add that before proceeding to make the jelly, I did a test run as I'w never made jelly before.

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The test badge was made of mint picked in the garden, turned out really nice as well and boosted my confidence to make the rowan jelly

cheers 

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Edited by ande (see edit history)

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Awesome mate - maximum used of your harvests and environments, Ande.

Maan.... love the bit "then went and picked some apples".

Well Done !

Cheers
Joe

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