Fresh Red Berries at Bayfield Berry Farm

21 Jul
Fresh red currants

Fresh red currants – $4.50/quart at the Bayfield Berry Farm

by Diva Karen

Red Currants are small bright red berries with a juicy pulp.  I haven’t enjoyed them for a number of years so when I found them at the Bayfield Berry Farm on Saturday I got to thinking about my grandmother as she always had currants in her garden.  (Bayfield Berry Farm also had fresh gooseberries for sale and my grandmother made gooseberry pie too).

I find red currants to have quite a tart flavour, so don’t care so much for them fresh although many people enjoy them in salads.  I decided to try a new recipe – a chutney with apples and raisins.  I’m sure this will be delicious with fresh fish or pork.

red currants, apple, onion, sugar and vinegar

red currants, apple, onion, sugar and vinegar

RED CURRENT CHUTNEY

3lbs red currants (cleaning them was not a fast task!  reminds me of cleaning elderberries)
1 small onion – chopped small
2 cooking apples – chopped small
1.5 cups of sugar
2 cups red wine (or distilled) vinegar
Cook the above slowly until it comes to a boil and thickens … it took well over an hour.

Add 1 cup of raisins 5 minutes before end of cooking.
Bottle in sterilized jars.

Store in a cool place.  Best after 1 – 3 months.  “Shelf” life of 1 year.

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Raisins were added just before bottling ... Nice red colour of this Currant Chutney will look great on the plate.

Raisins were added just before bottling … Nice red colour of this Currant Chutney will look great on the plate.

Fresh raspberries have a hollow centre and a slightly seedy texture ... delicious raw with whipped cream, or ice cream, cooked in jams, jellies or pies.  A great summer treat!

Fresh raspberries have a hollow centre and a slightly seedy texture … delicious raw with whipped cream, or ice cream, cooked in jams, jellies or pies. A great summer treat!

Red Raspberries are my favourite berry, and today at the Bayfield Berry Farm they were ready for picking.  The vines were laden with bright red large berries and picking was much easier than I remember as the vines didn’t seem to be as prickly as they used to be.  I’ve already enjoyed a bowl of berries with whipped cream and chocolate cake, made a batch of freezer jam to enjoy on fresh tea biscuits or toast for breakfast, and tomorrow I’m making a raspberry custard pie to share with my parents at dinner  … so easy and delicious!

Raspberries are available for $4.50 a pint or approximately 1/2 that if you pick your own.

Bayfield Berry Farm
77697 Orchard Line, Clinton, ON (Near Bayfield)
(519) 482-1666

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2 Responses to “Fresh Red Berries at Bayfield Berry Farm”

  1. Kim Burgsma July 22, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    I just made a red current quick bread yesterday. Tart and delcicious!

    • kstewart@ezlink.ca July 22, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      Check out Sonia Day’s book Incredible Edibles for the recipe Kim used for the red currant quick bread. Thanks, Kim!

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