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Wild Fruit, Berries and Flowers

In the UK the season for wild fruit and berries starts in mid-summer and ends in late November, with a peak in late summer and autumn. Most of these are native to the British Isles with the blackberry being the most common and most used wild fruit today. However, many were widely used in the past.

Fruit and Berries

  • Bilberries
  • Cherry Plums
  • Blackberries
  • Elderberries
  • Rowan berries
  • Crab Apples
  • Sloe Berries
  • Haw Berries
  • Rosehips
  • Sweet Chestnuts


  • Hawthorn Blossom
  • Garlic Chive Flowers
  • Wild Garlic Flowers
  • Gorse Flowers
  • Primrose
  • Violets
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Elderflowers
  • Wood Sorrel Flowers

Rosehips, in the form of rosehip syrup, were an important source of vitamin C for people during World War II. Rosehips contain twenty times as much vitamin C as oranges and in 1943 about 500 tons were collected from the British countyside.

Things can change rapidly and every season is different. For example, 2008 was a very bad year for sloes with a shortage all over Europe.

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