Daily Mail promotes UK berries

The Daily Mail reported today that the UKs gardens and hedgerows are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants.

It listed a whole range of British berries, which could even be used to treat high blood pressure and cancer.

Rosehips, hazelnuts, sloes and blackberries were all on the list, which included advice on what nutrients and vitamins are contained in each.

Elderberries, for example, are rich in antioxidant compounds and can be used to treat ulcers and diabetes.

"Use elderberry cordial for a cold," it recommends to its readers.

"Put berries in a saucepan, add a little water and cook until juice runs out.

"Strain off the juice, add one lb of sugar for every pint of juice, and then boil until it is thick syrup before bottling."

The newspaper does warn that those foraging for wild berries should know exactly what they are picking.

The safest bet would be to grow your own in the garden or greenhouse.