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
@ 3 cups
field fresh whole small strawberries
fresh small blueberries
organic pure cane sugar, to taste
large herbal leaves including lemon verbena leaves and basil; pineapple sage and borage flowers can also be used
dry white wine, or a little more to cover the berries
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.
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.
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.
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.