Gourmet Food Source
Blackberries have to be one of the best known of all the wild foods, for many of us; picking these soft, stain-inducing fruits is synonymous with growing up. I have spent many a happy childhood day picking blackberries before devouring the fruits of my motherís labour, usually in a pie, a crumble or a jam.
Blackberries grow in abundance throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, they can be found in most woodland areas and hedgerows and the fruits can be picked from August until late September.
A blackberry bush will grow vigorously, they begin by growing upwards before somehow finding its way back to the ground where they take root and form new shoots. The fruits form in clusters from the old shoots, obviously the very best ones are to be found behind a mass of thorny branches! Long sleeves come in handy when picking blackberries; cuts and scratches come hand in hand with this harvest.
Also known as bramble, they are excellent eaten in their own right or as part of a mixture of berries. We suspend them in a jelly made from Muscat which is perfect in the summer months.
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