Date: 3 June 2015. Blackberries.
I learned why blackberries are so
expensive at the grocery store the other day. Although a bit painful,
the adventure was fun nonetheless. You see, there's a blackberry patch nearby
and I've been watching it with more proprietary interest than was
warranted by virtue ownership. Actually last year I picked bunches
And yes, the owner did give me
permission to pick his crop again. A year ago I was treated to a slice of
his home-baked blackberry pie. It was delicious. The memory of that pie
definitely gave me motivation to pick again this year.
This is what they look like growing
in the wild:
When the berries ripened again this year I couldn't help but wish
for another piece of pie.
versus Ready-to-Pick Blackberries
Blackberries start out red and then darken while ripening. Fully
ripe, they are black. When touched they will nearly fall off the vine.
These need more time to ripen:
Ready to Pick:
Blackberries do have nasty little spikes though. Almost like a
thin hair, the Gotcha part is on the stems so they are possible to
avoid for the most part. That said, when the crop is thick, pricks
will happen. There was
no way I could get away without sticking myself multiple times.
I did get quite a haul over a
couple hours. There's definitely enough for a pie in this gallon
size Ziploc bag.
Also, ladies should know that your fingers will be
stained. I ended up painting my fingernails a dark color to hide the
So, if you're in north Florida
during May, definitely look for blackberries. They grow wild and are
delicious right from the vine. Baked in a pie though? Oh, my. That's
Have you ever picked blackberries?
When picking wild berries, when do you find them and what is your region?
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