I spy Whortleberries
An awful lot of pocket money was once earned in the summer holidays by children picking whortleberries – a native fruit that grew wild all over Exmoor. Today the delicious small blue fruits are harder to find, but the irrefutable fact that they are usually located in the more inaccessible places on Exmoor only makes them more delicious! Take a basket and try looking around Porlock Hill, Horner, County Gate, North Hill and Dunkery Beacon in late July and August. Rich in vitamins C and D, the berries are good for eyesight and RAF pilots swore they increased their night vision during bombing raids in WWII. Of course it might be easier to pop into a local shop and pick up a jar of Whortleberry Jam, but where’s the fun in that?!