Join us in the Company Drinks Kitchen *ONLINE*.... Through this difficult period of social distancing and quarantines, as a result of the ongoing spread of Coronavirus, we'll be sharing our knowledge about drinks ingredients; growing, picking and processing.... Spring is here: We're still going to be doing some gentle foraging for Barking & Dagenham-Made teas and cordials, join us, learn about what's growing in the borough, and follow easy step-by-step tips you can follow at home in a garden, on a balcony or windowsill.
Shaun went foraging for flowering currant flowers on 26th March in Mayesbrook Park, Dagenham, taking less than a third of the flowers off of any of the bushes, leaving the rest as vital food for the bees.
Ribes sanguineum, or flowering currant is a deciduous shrub that blooms a deep to pale pink colour flower in the spring. The leaves are usually three lobed with created edges and both the leaves and the flowers have a sweet currant smell when crushed. The flowers can be used to flavour drinks and desserts, look out for our flowering currant cordial in the coming months.
Watch this space for tips on how you can turn foraged flowers into healthy, delicious drinks for you and your family!
WEEK 2 TO COME
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