A week ago I harvested two gallons of chokecherries from a massive hedge that we originally planted fifteen years ago and which now shelters a very productive give-away garden. The fruit hangs heavy this year; picking was a delight!
Yesterday I added the berries to a kettle and covered them with water, bringing them to a boil, and then simmering them for an hour. I crushed these and put them through a colander, collecting the juice. Steaming small sized wine bottles with their corks I then bottled the juice and will experiment with it for dyeing wool later this winter. It would have been easy to make more but until I know what it does it’s just best to not be too greedy.