I was in the garden looking at the fuchsia bush. One of my daughters does not like fuchsias. She encountered the word in a passage she was reading aloud in class, and she applied the phonics rules she had been taught and ended up very embarrassed! But nonetheless, I love our plant – our friend Ellen gave it to us back in 2000 and it has flourished despite our total lack of gardening skills.
Alys says that she loves eating fuchsia berries –in fact she regards them as a good snack when she is walking to the shops!
So I picked one, ate it, and thought it was quite pleasant- vaguely blackberry-like in flavour. Alys says they can be peppery, and others liken them to pomegranates.
But you don’t get many, even on a big bush like ours – Alys says they are good as a garnish, e.g. on vanilla ice cream. She also says do not pick them till the are dark and squishy. I got about 16 – so I served them in dishes of greek yogurt [with a honey heart]
Fuchsia berries- a delicious fruit growing in my very own back garden – who knew!
Must take Ms Fowler’s book outside and see what else is edible out there.