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.
Where to find blackberries
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 blackberries 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 blackberries can I pick?
The general ‘rule’ of foraging is to take only what you need and leave some for others.
What can I make with blackberries?
You could try out our delicious apple and blackberry crumble.
Or these amazing blackberry yogurt pops
Or easy apple and blackberry puffs.
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