Story by Tracey Laity

The summer holidays are finally here! Time to relax with the kids at home, soak up the sunshine in the garden and enjoy the best this season has to offer – from ravishing raspberries to super-sweet strawberries and beautiful blackberries.

Berry-picking is a fantastic activity to do with the kids these holidays. Even if you don’t fancy grabbing a basket and foraging for yourselves, there are numerous farms around the countryside that offer kids the opportunity to pick their own fruit. It’s a great way for kids to learn about where food comes from and how the cycle of nature works – from planting to harvesting. But the fun doesn’t stop at the farm; it continues into the kitchen! Berries are jam-packed with goodness and are so easy to prepare. Why not get the kids involved in picking berries for a home-made pie or tart? When they’ve washed their hands, they can help you make and roll out the dough before adding the filling.

Here are some other great ways to get the kids eating berries (these recipe ideas are just as good for grown-ups too!)

“¢ For a breakfast treat, stir through some thick yoghurt into your favourite cereal or muesli and top with a handful of berries. If you feel like something more indulgent, spread some berries with a little vanilla ice-cream between layers of hot pancakes.

“¢ For an afternoon treat, make a sponge cake, cut it in half and spread the top of each with fresh berries, mixed with whipped cream and a little sprinkling of vanilla seeds, before sandwiching them back together.

“¢ For a refreshing summer snack, make your own berry-flavoured yoghurt. All you need is to add good-quality yoghurt, your choice of berries and a little sugar to your ice-cream maker. Churn until thick and creamy. Enjoy!

More recipe ideas:

Rasberry and mascarpone tarts
Blackberry tart
1-minute berry ice cream
Home made granola with berry compote
Blackberry and apple pie

About the author: Tracey Laity is Sub Editor for the editorial team at Jamie Oliver