Most days along Islay’s winding single track roads you can be sure to find a local knee-deep in a roadside ditch, gingerly reaching into the hedgerows just…that…little…bit…further… to pinch the most juicy and plump fruits.
As bramble pickers edge their way along the bushes, faces hard with foraging concentration, hands becoming increasingly tainted with deep crimson juice; baskets, tubs and bags of fruit are gathered. If you happen to catch a glimpse of the face of a bramble picker you may notice a stained corner of their brimming mouths giving them up as a pick-one-eat-one sort of forager.
So what to do with the glut?
Try making the sheer joy in a pot that home-made bramble jelly. To every 2kg of rinsed and drained brambles add the juice of 2 lemons.