Herbed berries in wine

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Author Notes: Make your picnic a delight with an idea inspired by the bowle, but with more fruit than wine. Adding herbs to berries will also add flair to this fruit salad. Create a little picnic in a jar.Sagegreen

Makes  6 servings

  • @ 3 cups field fresh whole small strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh small blueberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons organic pure cane sugar, to taste
  • 10 large herbal leaves including lemon verbena leaves and basil; pineapple sage and borage flowers can also be used
  • 12 ounces dry white wine, or a little more to cover the berries
  • sprigs of fresh herbs for garnish
  1. Wash and de-stem the strawberries and blueberries. Slice the strawberries in half (or even quarters if they are not really small). Layer the berries in a shallow glass pan. Sprinkle with sugar. Depending upon how dry the wine is, you may want to add 2 full tablespoons. Start with one; let it dissolve; test, and add more sugar if needed.
  2. Bruise the herbal leaves and toss these in with the berries. I have used 4 each of lemon verbena and rubin red basil with two pineapple sage leaves and some additional borage flowers.
  3. Pour the wine on top. Use enough wine to cover the berries. Chill and let this sit for about half a day. Remove the herbs and wring them out in the liquid.
  4. Scoop the berries into @ 6 oz.mason type jars. Divide and pour the liquid among the jars. Seal and pack for a picnic. Wrap each one in a cloth napkin. Soak paper towels in water and wring out. Wrap your herbal garnish gently in moist paper towels in a plastic bag, which you can then pack in a small basket pouch or suitable container.You can use a moldable chill pack to line the basket and drap with a small table cloth. At serving garnish with fresh sprigs of herbs. Serve with spoons or toothpicks. You can drink the "dressing" at the end (see photos). Any leftovers will keep for a day or so chilled.
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over 3 years ago wssmom

Picnic in a jar, yes! Sounds like a much more elegant, civilized version of sangria ...

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, wssmom. I love fruit this way!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh the photo's are beautiful and I love that they are in the weck jars. What a great idea for transporting and serving.

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Wow, you are so perceptive! I learned about weck jars from Bevi's daughter. I just uploaded a photo of the wine left after the fruit has been eaten. I do love these!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I just bought two different sizes, one I ordered was wrong but am using anyway. I have never canned anything but want to learn and they are just so darn pretty. Your photo's make me want to grab a spoon and reach right in. Beautiful.

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I wish you could pop over! I just photographed some others. Have to call a friend or two to drop by and enjoy these tonight. They are perfect to eat right now. My Wecks are the 6 oz. size, perfect for this recipe.

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

These are actually 5.4 oz Wecks.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Can't wait for the picture i love berries or fruit in wine, NICE!!!

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! Picture coming later!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This is gorgeous and the fruit must be so delicious. Perfect!

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. I just added some photos, but they are not as nice as the fruit salad.