I love the sweet but tart berries in the Ribesgenus, which is why I have planted so many of them out in my ’Berryland’ garden.
They are generally tolerant of shade, so they make an excellent understory shrub below fruit-producing trees.
Each species and cultivar is different: some have thorns, some are thornless; some have hairy leaves, some have glossy leaves; some have immunities to certain diseases, some are sensitive to mildew and host pine blister rust; some have large berries, and some have small berries.
Their flowers come in an array of colours and shapes, and are exceedingly fragrant, attracting all manner of pollinators.
For the most part, species in this genus hybridise readily, so having nine different cultivars in a small space should result in some interesting seed. I am hoping to start crossing the species I have and making some weird and wonderful hybrid offspring.
Vegan mushroom, chestnut & cranberry tart by @jamieoliver ♡ Completely dairy free & gluten free!
230 g gluten-free plain flour
½ tsp xanthan gum
60 g dairy-free margarine
60 g vegetable shortening
For the filling:
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
5-6 carrots, grated (450g)
250 g chestnut mushrooms
360 g peeled chestnuts
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried thyme
225 g soya cream cheese
2 tbsp garlic oil
250 g wild mushrooms
2 tbsp dried cranberries
a small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
For the redcurrant gravy:
1 tbsp walnut oil, or garlic oil
1 tbsp red currant jelly
300 ml hot vegetable stock
1 heaped tbsp cornflour, mixed with 2 tbsp water
For the roast potatoes:
2.5 kg floury potatoes
8 tbsp ground nut oil, or olive oil
As it isn’t pristine, untouched, ancient forest, I feel comfortable “disrupting” it by adding desirable fruit plants, especially around parks and pathways that are far from traffic, where people are more likely to want to pick wild fruit.
In a few weeks, I will also have a few hundred seedling apple and pear trees that I will bike around and plant in public space as well: most of them won’t survive, but the ones that do will be those hardy enough to survive local conditions.
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