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Homemade savoury rosehip biscuits with foraged ingredients

These moreish, slightly red-tinged rosehip crackers are a winner. Made with dehydrated, wild rosehip flesh, they have a burst of vitamin C and a subtle tart tang to them.

Red, powdered rosehip fruit, foraged on a wild food course

How to make rosehip crackers

To make them I used my rosehip fruit leather (a great way to store and snack on the goodness of rosehips). Fruit leather can have a variety of textures, from sticky and sweet to brittle and more savoury like.

Wild and dehydrated rosehip fruit leather

Admittedly, by accident I created a very dry (oops), leathery, fruit leather. Fortunately it is perfect for savoury recipes and a little reminiscent of sun-dried tomatoes. Made from Japanese rosehips (Rosa rugosa) which are similar to tomatoes for some people. Perfect for this!

homemade rosehip crackers using foraged ingredients

The recipe

Sometimes I find a recipe which I absolutely love, like this one. I then adapt it and often create several wild varieties. My first wild variety of this was my Blackberry, Dulse and Buckwheat crackers.

You can find this step-by-step Blackberry-seeded cracker recipe and read about its story here.

Homemade wild rosehip crackers

Wild Rosehip and Buckwheat Crackers Recipe

Crisp crackers with the delightful flavours of tangy rosehip, roasted buckwheat, and textured oats. They're filling and a great base for lots of toppings.

Homemade savoury rosehip biscuits with foraged ingredients

Makes 25 rustic crackers

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp powder rosehip fruit leather
  • 100 g oatmeal (powdered porridge oats)
  • 200 g buckwheat flour
  • 200 g roasted buckwheat grains
  • Large pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp oil (vegetable, olive oil or half and half of each)
  • 200-230 ml water
Homemade, wild rosehip powder

Preparing the rosehip fruit leather

Fruit leather can last for months, I used a dry, brittle fruit leather, cut it into small pieces and ground in a strong pestle and mortar or you can use a seed/spice grinder.

Making homemade, wild rosehip biscuits with foraged ingredients

In a large mixing bowl mix all the ingredients except the water. Add the water gradually until it makes a workable dough and set aside for half an hour to allow the moisture to be absorbed.

Roll the dough out between two pieces of grease-proof paper to the thickness of the buckwheat seeds. If the dough is a little sticky, you can add more oatmeal. At this stage you can decide whether to use a biscuit cutter or hand-cut the crackers to a desired shape. I find hand-cutting the dough to any shape easier.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C and place a clean baking sheet on a large baking tray or two. Place the cut dough shapes on the paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and the moisture is evaporated. Turn them over halfway through to help them cook and dry out. Place on a cooling rack and when cool, store in an airtight container.

Delicious with cheese, wild spring leaves and seaweed sauerkraut from my seaweed book. Feel free to browse my other wild recipes, or I'd love to meet you on one of my foraging courses here in Cornwall.

A bowl of frozen wild rowan berries

The first frost is a significant marker in the colder months of the year. Whether you look forward to it or dread it, it has an important function for wild fruits, us and the rest of the natural world.

Previously I've written about how frost and snow effects seaweeds in; Can seaweeds survive the frost and snow?

Bowl of frozen rosehip fruits

Cornish Frost - Myth or Reality?

Here in West Cornwall and by the coast, I never know whether the first frost will arrive at all. Where the warm currents and breezes from the sea can help keep the temperature more ambient. Exposed to the prevailing Southwesterly winds that blow in from the Atlantic means that Cornwall is considered the mildest and warmest place in the UK.

Here we can sometimes sit on the beach on Christmas Day, and sometimes the frost, never, ever arrives. It is true that the closer to the ocean you get, the milder the winters and the cooler the summers are.

Prnus spinosa, blackthorn fruits

What does the frost do to wild fruits and is there an alternative?

The frost has the effect of both breaking the skins of the fruits and sweetening them. A welcomed impact for desserts, flavoured gin, jams, jellies and much more. Of course, living in the modern age means you don't have to wait for the first frost.

Why? Because we have freezers. It is true, popping the fruits in the freezer is not as romantic as getting up at dawn to collect glistening fruits breaking their frost virginity. Though it is more convenient.

Freezers also mean that you can attend to your fruits - whatever you want to create with them - when you have ample time to enjoy the process.

rubus fruticosus

Frost is beneficial to both the texture and sweetness of wild autumnal fruits. I have plenty of recipes for wild berries in my autumn blog. I also run hands on, practical foraging courses in autumn and all year round.

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