Wortleberry Salad

Take a small frying pan and fry the lardons with a little oil then transfer to some kitchen towel to soak up some of the oil.

Spread the lettuce over two plates. Slice the cucumber and scatter over the lettuce followed by the lardons and whortleberries.

With a knife, break off chunks of the goats cheese over the plates, followed by a scattering of oregano flowers, if you have some that may be flowering at the time.

For the dressing add 1 1/2 tbsps of raspberry vinegar and 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil and a pinch of salt and mix well. Traditionally a dressing has 1 part vinegar and 2 parts oil, which you can do, I just think it is always better with a bit more kick.

Drizzle over and enjoy!


Whortleberries, also known as bilberries, grow in hedge rows in the summer months. They seem to have a narrow window for picking as the locals and tourists, or grockles as they are locally known, pick them when they are out and if they have not picked them all the birds will have had the rest before autumn has had a chance to approach.

Get them before the grockles do…

They are a beautiful little berry, smaller than a blueberry and with a taste similar to a blackberry and a blueberry combined but with a more intense flavour than a blueberry.

It is a berry of many names, apart from whortleberry and bilberry they can go by blueberry, heidelberry, huckleberry, hurtleberry & wimberry and locally referred to as worts or urts.

Exmoor, Devon
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