The kiddo came home from a hike with a hat-full of chokecherries and I was hit with a nostalgic homemaking wave.
I always thought they were named chokecherries because if you ate one, you'd choke. But, bears love them. Why should the bears have all the fun?
I decided to make syrup.
I ended up with four cups of juice and as many recipes.
I didn't know magenta appeared in nature.
And now I have chokecherry syrup. Three jars fresh - into the refrigerator. Four jars canned.
It tastes like black cherry with a slight tart finish. Very nice.
I'm also making an alcohol beverage I'm calling HOOCH because it sounds more native and less yuppified than fruit-infused liquor.
Two jars processing in the back of the fridge.
We'll have to check back in six months to see how that project turns out.