This lovely autumnal astringent fruit is teamed with apples by some cider makers. in small quantities because of their tannin making properties..this fruit comes from a species of the Rowan Tree and is known as a service fruit.
A service tree in Autumn is a beautiful sight and some can be found in Southern England and Wales however they are not native there they are possibly grown from seeds dropped by birds from Medieval Monastery Gardens.
Like the common Mountain ash or Rowan the fruits hang down in clusters they are about the size of a large cherry.
Also known as The Chequer or the Wild Service Berry this fruit can be used to make jellies, wines or fruit-infused spirits…
When eating raw the berry has to be “bletted ” this means it needs a frost and is left until it is very ripe when its astringent taste mellows and the fruit has a delicious taste it is also best for making fruit liqueurs…for a jelly the fruit is not bletted as its tartness is needed for the jelly.
To make the jelly you need 500gm of sugar to every 600ml of the juice…
A jelly is made by barely covering the fruit with water and cooking until soft then straining by hanging the fruit in a muslin or similar and strained overnight the juice is then weighed and the appropriate sugar added then cooked until the setting point is reached generally 30-45 minutes depending on the fruit.
Then ladle into sterilised jars, label and enjoy..x
It seems that many of these trees are found growing wild or cultivated in gardens and back yards…they seem to be classed as a wild tree…I didn’t find much mention of this fruit just a little more in the wild food category sections…
They seem to be in the same categories as the quince and crab apples an old fashioned fruit I remember my mum making crab apple jelly…
Do have a sorb tree or have one growing wild near you?
Have a great weekend and stay safe and well xx
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our home’s carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx
I would also ask that when you are shopping for presents, food, and decorations that you think about its origin and how it was produced…carbon footprint, child labour…Please think about the packaging can it be recycled or reused…Do you really need it? Every little helps…x
That’s all for Fruity Friday see you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets…