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This month, we’re sharing Annette’s recipe for beetroot gazpacho with blackberries. Gazpacho is a cold Spanish soup that lends itself beautifully to a version that uses Texel’s bounty.
You can pick the blackberries for this soup from bushes on the roadside and along paths in the forests and near the dunes. Blackberries grow from August until October at the latest. You may also pick blackberries in the National Park Dunes of Texel if they are growing right alongside a path. Make sure to wash fruit you pick yourself thoroughly using plenty of water.
500 grams boiled beetroot (available at Texelse Kost, Novalishoeve and other outlets)
Juice of one lime
200 grams blackberries
50 grams parsley (save a few sprigs for garnishing)
Salt and pepper
50 grams creme fraiche
Wash the beetroot and cut off the leaves, leaving little tails on top just to avoid damaging the beetroot. Boil the beetroot in water until tender, approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size. Peel the beetroot and let cool completely. Once the beetroot have cooled, puree them with the lime juice, blackberries, parsley, and a little salt and pepper. Refrigerate the soup until serving. You might use a couple of ice cubes to cool the soup faster. Garnish the soup with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprig of fresh parsley.
Enjoy your meal!