The wonderful "sweet tart" of mother nature. Beautiful ruby red berries with silver speckles.These little babies make jellies and jams. Autumn berries have a unique, sweet, and tart flavor, similar to a cranberry or pomegranate. They contain small edible seeds that have the taste of an almond. The berries can be eaten fresh, frozen, dried, or made into a jam.
To make a puree you simply remove the seed by cooking down the fruit and pressing it in a food mill. The puree can then flavor ice cream, cider, or beer.
The juice can be made into a very nice syrup or fermented into wine. The seed’s oil can be used for salads, cooking, or candles, and skin care.
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DetailsAutumn Olive Jam
3 pounds ripe autumn-olives, rinsed and dried
1 cup water
2 pounds sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
In a large saucepan crush the berries very lightly with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Add the water and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, until berries are just soft enough to press in batches through a strainer or food mill to remove the seeds.
Return the pulp to a clean saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Keep at a simmer and skim off any foam that forms at the sides and in the middle. Add the lemon juice. When the jam reaches gel point* turn off the heat. When fully cooled, pour into sterilized glass jars.