Wild foraging, Scotland edition

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by runswithdogs, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Took the dogs for a forest walk today after work & ended up with this :D
    About 2 kg of Chanterelles and 4 liters of blairs. (Wild Scottish blueberries)

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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I am going to look those berries up. I should get my Mom one of those berry scoopers.
  3. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    We have a number of upickit blueberry farms in the immediate area. Whether or not those wild berries are the same thing, I do not know, but I do know that the farmers will not allow using the scoops in their field, too much damage to the bushes.
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  4. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Blairs are a type of wild blueberries but maybe a bit tart compared to wild US blueberries that ive had.. absilute PITA to pick by hand.. it literally takes forever to get even a small amount (& kills your back) Well chuffed with the berry picker though.. was able to get a decent amount without spending all day. The Chant's were a bonus, I dident know they were growing in that area and this is a bit early really so wasnt exspecting to see them.
  5. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Growing up, our woods were filled with wild blueberries. I can remember being 5 Y/o or so and my mother sending me down into the woods early in the morning with a galvanized bucket for picking. When I got home, she would make us blueberry pancakes for lunch and a blueberry pie later.

    The berries were very small and it took all morning to fill the pail. Of course, only half of the pickin made it into the bucket.

    I still eat berries as if they were candy.
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  6. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++

    Some folks in this area use those scoops to harvest Huckleberries.. Yes, they do tear up the bush's..
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  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Mom has her own bushes so it would make it easier for her to harvest. I think spending half the day picking is too much for her.
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  8. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I'd have to get to my Huckleberries before the bears. They have a built in berry scoop!! :D

    Nice haul, @runswithdogs
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  9. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I've never had any blueberries nor service berries make it home from a picking session. There is evidence that it took place due to purple colored lips and fingers but that's about it.
  10. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Nom Nom Nom.....

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  11. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    nicely done it must have taken forever to get that many blueberries
  12. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    I've heard the names of blueberries and hucklberries used interchangably and until ten minutes ago, I thought they were the same. They ain't, and with some varieties, it'll take a horticulturist to tell the difference. All this from trying to find Blairs that @runswithdogs picks. Evidently they are not the same as @RightHand remembers. NOW i AM confused ----
  13. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

  14. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Id guess around 25-30 minutes with the picker. Probably be faster next time as there should be a lot more ripe berries.

    By hand?.. I dread to think, all day probably.
  15. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

  16. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Last meal ... Rice noodle ramen with last of the chanterelles, Crispy pork rib, Lobster, Prawns etc....
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