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HOME REMEDY: Berries

Written by Sof McVeigh
Berries and haws are a mainstay of autumn and, depending where you are in Britain, some or all of these will still be available.

Rowan berries are the first to come out in late August, bright red and loved by the birds, so they don't last for long. Not so much a home remedy, they make a good jelly.

Next to appear are the elderberries – a little later than usual, owing to the cold spring. These are my favourite and no winter is complete without an elderberry syrup to keep colds at bay. Don't eat them raw – they're slightly toxic.

Blackberries are packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants, great for fending off colds and also rich in manganese, which is excellent for bone, joint and cell health. Gather hawthorn quickly as the berries shrivel or get eaten by the birds. Use them for tea – fresh or dried – to support your heart; but NOT if you are on heart medication, please.

Finally rose hips – these often stay around the longest and are a wonderful source of vitamin C. They were pretty much Britain's main source of it during the Second World War.

Sof McVeigh: www.thehomemadecompany.com


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