When we purchased our new house a few months ago, we knew we had a berry bush of some descript. I was willing to bet money that we were gifted with a raspberry bush. I’ll be honest, I’m partial to raspberries…not really sure why…but I am. Maybe my insistence on mislabeling the bush outside as raspberry was just wishful thinking.
Apparently wishful thinking doesn’t get you much.
Yesterday, an acquaintance of mine on Facebook posted about the raspberries that she had in her yard and how tasty they were. Raspberries! Her post reminded me of our bush out back that was full of nice berries just beginning to turn red.
If she had raspberries, then I should too, right? We’re in the same state after all.
Down the stairs I bounded and out to the back yard to inspect my, then, raspberry bushes. Upon investigation, there were indeed some very nicely red berries on the bush. My experience with raspberries and blackberries told me that the berries aren’t ripe unless they easily pull off the vine. Sooo…I was a little surprised when the bright red berry didn’t let go, that is until I scanned the entire bush and noticed some black berries too. Ah ha! A blackberry bush – shows you how much I know about my berries.
After giving the bushes a thorough once-over, I picked a small handful of blackberries from our bush. There were just enough for each of us to sample what’s to come in the next week or so. After tasting the berries, which were a nice mix of sweet and tart – in case you were wondering (you know you were) – we are now all eagerly anticipating the crop to come.
My hope is that we will have enough berries off of these bushes to not only eat as they are, but to make them into a cobbler or a small batch of jam. That may be wishful thinking on my part, but that’s my goal. Canning is a new hobby of mine and one I’d like to delve a little deeper into this summer – but that’s a topic for another post.
My question to you is – What are your favorite blackberry recipes? I’d love to hear about them and hopefully try a few assuming our crop allows.