Today was the first time rain fell on Old Sleningford Farm on a volunteer workday. Not that it stopped play….
Or perhaps I should say, some serious black currant picking. After about four hours’ work we must have picked at least two wheelbarrow loads of the fruit (in punnets).
The bushes were truly laiden with black currants. And picking also became addictive. Even as the rain started towards the end of the afternoon, we clambered through the bushes in the Forest Garden to get that one more punnet full.
And then were given a punnet or two to take home.
Mine weighed in at about three and a half pounds. And this evening I have started making black currant cordial.
I’ve altered the recipe slightly in that instead of bottling immediately after simmering the mixture, I am leaving it to steep overnight to get maximum flavour. It will also be easier to put the cordial in the bottles if it’s cold. Then voila!