Supermarket snack aisles are adorned with a myriad of chewy sweets claiming to have 'real fruit' content, yet we all know that is akin to claiming the tomato sauce on a pizza is one of your 5-a-day. What we have here then is something quite rare - a fruity sweet snack that is nearly all fruit. Through merely boiling the fruit and dehydrating the resultant pulp, this fruit leather is bursting with damson and elderberry. Confession: we have added a little sugar, but that is just to take the edge off these two tart fruits to make something tasty, rather than a piece of confectionery that would satisfy the purists but not the palate.
Elderberries and damsons can be found all over the countryside in the height of summer, yet their flavour is often best enjoyed once the days become shorter than the nights. A pocket stuffed with this fruit leather is far better on a chilly hillside than a sweltering beach, so enjoy this chewy-yet-crunchy treat on the hoof.