Drought and Larvae Attack
With practically no rain in two months and a massive larvae attack on gooseberry - and red currant bushes the harvest will not be big this year,.
Luckily the larvae (from what I think is the Gooseberry Sawfly) doesn't seem to like the leaves on the blackcurrant bushes, so there will be some to pick. However the cherries have provided great amounts, and the figs also seem to produce lots this year. That is one of the delightful things about having a garden. What succeeds every year is different, but there is always some. I just hope not too many plants will wither before the rain comes.
Red currant juice ready for the Christmas red cabbage to be made.
Red Currant Juice:
Cook 1 kg red currants with 4-5 Dl water (15 minutes) Strain in a jelly bag. Measure the juice and add sugar. For 1 liter juice you add 375 g sugar. Dissolve the sugar and let the juice boil before you remove from heat and add Atamon. Pour the juice in cleaned glass bottles.
Atamon is a special Danish liquid preservative - consisting of water, preservative (E211), antioxidant (E270), color (E150) and flavoring.