Panier of Plenty

Fruits of the Forest

A giant tilleul, overhead in the forest…

My thought of the day is ‘remember to look up’. Yet it was looking
down that led to the discovery of tiny fraises des bois and a wild
cherry – raising my eyes I realised there was a tree laden, just
above me, and then another I had passed. I went into the forest to
pick tilleul blossoms and was so absorbed by cutting back the path
I nearly missed the most perfectly ripe, sweet cherries that were
at their best, eaten straight from the tree…

Wild cherries

We spent the morning picking tilleul from the trees lining the driveway
– now the bees have finished visiting the flowers it is possible to
harvest them. Although it is now too late for recipes using the first
blossoms as the flowers are passing, they are drying in baskets, and
will then be stored in jars for tisanes, or herbal tea infusions.

Tilleul on the driveway

Tllleul harvest, driveway and forest

Drying the flowers for tea

Click here to view tilleul flowers

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This entry was published on June 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm. It’s filed under Cat, Chat ou Chatte, Cuisine, Environment, Europe, Food, Forest, France, French Culture, Garden, La Vie Quotidienne, Landscape, Languedoc Roussillon, Life, Lifestyle, Mediterranean, Nature, Photography, Seasons, Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Fruits of the Forest

  1. Such a productive & lucrative morning 🙂

  2. mesarapugs on said:

    Love the image of you harvesting! And how luxurious to eat the cherries straight off the tree! Quel luxe! A treat to have fresh tisane – lovely pic of Mina! x enjoy the summer xx

  3. fred on said:

    …tu es très mignone sur ton échelle…

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