Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Gooseberries are fun to work with. This savory concoction is a wonderful glaze for pork loin roast. (via Lehman's; scroll down for recipe.)
My rhubarb discoveries, sweet, savory and wonderful: Strawberry-rhubarb sauce; rhubarb, lavender, honey preserves; rhubarb chutney; rhubarb gooseberry strawberry rose petal (RGSR) preserves; Asian style rhubarb pickle and more.
A version of this gooseberry jam, with a few tablespoons of chopped, preserved ginger added to it, won me a ribbon at Canada's Royal Winter Agricultural Fair. Photo by Niamh Malcolm.
Tart-sweet blueberries, as it turns out, are the perfect complement to unique gooseberries. Together, they make a sweet, flavorful and simply stunning magenta jam that'll knock your Crocs off.