Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | October 25, 2014

Foraging for Autumn Olives

This was avery timely post for me. I had been wanting to try my hand at some fruit leathers and the autumn olives are ripe are all around us right now! Donna at the Small House Homestead

Family Yields

On Thanksgiving weekend each year we forage for Autumn Olives.  They are an invasive species where we live, and can be found in abundance all around our area.  We have particular places we always go, and favourite bushes to pick from.  They can sometimes have a chalky, acrid aftertaste which can be unpleasant, so I am always the taste tester!  The boys love the berries, and we had to stop them from eating what we’d already picked.

This year we did some picking with the kids and my parents, then headed back to their house for a lovely harvest meal of zucchini soup, bread, quinoa salad, and my aunt and uncle’s eggs.  It was a lovely Thanksgiving morning.   My parents were gracious enough to watch the boys while the baby slept so that we could go back out and harvest more.

Last night we cleaned and picked over the berries…

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