We’re in the midst of blackberry picking season. What are you waiting for? Get your coat and your little baskets (oh. okay… old sandwich box and little plastic bags…) and lets get going.
Children really enjoy the excitement of blackberry picking and searching out good ones – it’s a lovely way to spend a few hours.
But where are they?
Hiding in the hedgerows, even in the cities, try the canal banks and quieter roads and wasteland. Only pick the ones up high, leave the low fruit it’s probably been used by dogs…. And don’t go trespassing or you’ll get in trouble!
Which ones are good to pick?
The nice shiny black ones that come easily from the brambles when pulled. Leave the ones that aren’t quite ripe for another day or another blackberry picker. Remind young children that the brambles are really prickly and they need to be careful not to get hands full of little thorns.
How many can I take?
The general ‘rule’ of foraging is to take only what you need and leave some for others.
And what can I make?
I can’t resist a simple apple & blackberry crumble…
Or perhaps you’d like to try one of the fab recipes below
Bramble Brandy from Bug, Bee & Bird
Wild Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
For some brilliant foraging and preserving tips along with a few more delicious blackberry recipes head over to The Crafty Cat