Why did it take me so long to discover the fun of foraging? It took a lockdown and more time spent in my own neighbourhood for me to start picking wild blackberries last Autumn. And while I have been making my chia jam for years using supermarket bought berries, there is something special about hand picking your own berries. I really want to learn a whole lot more about foraging in Ireland (any resources you can recommend please message me!)
The benefits I have discovered
- Mindfulness – the concentration involved in picking the perfectly ripe berries and avoiding thorns and spiders makes this a really mindful activity.
- Time in nature – the benefits are well documented but for overall wellbeing I find time in nature second to none.
- Steps – get your steps count in without even noticing!
- Carbon footprint – obviously there are no delivery costs, packaging and all that, and the food is local to you. Foraging helps to build the idea that we need to think about where our food comes from. It doesn’t just appear in the supermarket! Helpful to tune kids in to this concept.
- Satisfaction – dishes you make with food you grow, or forage just taste better, because of the love and care, it’s an Ayurveda concept but try it and see for yourself!
Chia jam is an alternative to sugar laden bought jams, and I only use Chia Active chia seeds as they are top quality and are high in so many nutrients including vitamin D, Zinc and Omega 3.
With only 3 ingredients in the chia jam, each needs to be elite.
- 150g berries of choice
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup (or more to taste, sample your berries to see how sweet)
- 2 tablespoons of Chia Active
- 1-2 tablespoons tap water
- Place berries, maple syrup, Chia Active chia seeds and 1 tablespoon of cold tap water into your blender and blitz. It should take on a jam like consistency but keep adding tiny amounts of water until it gets there if needed.
- Transfer from blender to small saucepan. Heat over a medium heat until it starts to bubble and then reduce and simmer gently for 5 minutes until the chia seeds thicken up. Keep stirring, don’t allow to burn or stick to the pot.
- Finally, transfer to a clean jam jar or kilner jar and allow to cool.
Enjoy your chia jam whenever you would usually have jam, such as toast, croissants, crackers, it is especially delicious on top of your overnight oats to add moisture and sweetness.
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