Yup - some jam got made and added to the store cupboard, but having so many berries left over, I, for the first time, made some youngberry syrup from a recipe in my copy of "The Preserving Book" by Lynda Brown.
All it takes is fruit, caster sugar and a small amount of citric acid.
|That's all we have|
left of the homemade
youngberry syrup I
Although the bottle
is misted over, and
the contents unclear, the
cordial is a deep, clear
reddish colour - all
And it turned out to be a memory jolt for my husband, RMan. As a child he used to drink what he calls "Himbo" juice. I never saw that for sale in the shops (but there again my parents weren't German so I obviously wasn't "attuned") and thus I had never tasted it.
When my youngberry syrup was ready I gave RMan a taste and he got excited. "You made Himbo!!!" was his pleased comment.
Then his next words were, "You should market this". Guess he really did like it lol
A couple of weeks ago my daughter and her family came to visit. It was a warm day, so, during the afternoon I dished up some "Himbo" juice.
|Baby cup discarded|
at her feet - I want
Mum's juice please... :)
My little granddaughter, HJG was busy with her baby cup, but her Mum held out the glass of Himbo for her to try. HJG took a small taste - looked up at her Mum - then grabbed hold of the glass with both hands to prevent it being taken away from her, and with deep toned grumbling "yum, yum" noises in her throat, proceed to polish of the contents. Apparently whenever she is enjoying something edible she "grumbles".
Guess I'm going to have to devote all of the youngberries I harvest next season to youngberry syrup. It is so simple to make, and being able to feed your little one's with something that doesn't contact colourants, artificial anything nor preservatives - that's special :)
I'm so privileged.