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Blackberry picking.


By cazz001


I have just been for a nice walk in Emsworth by the sea. Lovely getting that last bit of sun before winter gets here got myself some great blackberrys.
Wildlife experts say blackberry picking is a dying art, even when economic worries make it the perfect time to make use of what’s on offer in our hedgerows."There are far less people around picking blackberries now than there used to be which is a real shame. I was all alone not a soul around, such a waste of all these blackberries.
Purple-stained fingers, nails, lips and tongues are equally likely. And it’s almost guaranteed that the process will also involve getting attacked by hidden stinging nettles.
We’re definitely nearing the end of the blackberry picking season here in the UK. But there might still be time. So, if you don’t already have plans for the next few days then why not grab a container, and head for your nearest wood, footpath or park. Just make sure that the berries you’re picking have turned that wonderful deep purple-black colour, and you’ll find them delicious.
I picked 1kg and made 6 pots of jam, should have taken another tub to collect them it, so many this year.

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Bramble Jelly as well, ooh lovely.

29 Sep, 2013


its nice to hear you went out to collect blackberries :) and grateful for information....

thank you Jane.

29 Sep, 2013


This made me recall my many sunny afternoons as a child, with my siblings, collecting Blackberries, which my mum turned into the most delicious jam and blackberry pies. Yummy.

29 Sep, 2013


Blackberry picking is very popular on Southern Vancouver Island. Lots of it is done by First Nation People and they are selling it.
Also we have some vineyards around which mix blackberries with Merlot and making Blackberry Merlot wine or Blackberry Port. Both specialities are very good.

We have Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) on our property and this kind is very invasive and difficult to control around here. It has canes to 40 feet long and are very prickly. We are playing with the idea to rent some goats to clear the patch.
They do make wonderful jelly and jam if one is inclined to make it.

29 Sep, 2013


We've masses that grow nearby and although I personally don't pick there are a few neighbours that do. It is a shame that it's a practice that seems to be dying out.

29 Sep, 2013


That's a lovely photo. We had blackberry crumble for lunch today - they were growing on a hedge that OH was trimming! It was a nice surprise when he walked in with them as most round here have finished.

29 Sep, 2013


This blog brought back happy memories of blackberry picking on our local common when our youngsters were children, and making blackberry and apple pies and crumbles with the fruit that survived the short walk home.
Now I have a thornless variety growing in the garden. It has produced a good crop of plump fruit this year which has been eaten straight from the canes.

1 Oct, 2013


Seems this blog has started my friends off ,taking 3 children 3 adults out for the last blackberry picking tomorrow. 1 year old boy who will just run riot, 10 year old girl and 11 year old boy should be fun, they are keen to learn how to make jam, and other things maybe I will revive the age old tradition at last.

5 Oct, 2013

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