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August 22, 2011

Blackberries are ripe!!!!


My neighbor has about two acres of Himalayan Blackberries gone wild. They become ripe in August and I did the very first picking this week, getting the lower fruit easily. I was able to pick a half gallon in a half an hour. A fully ripe blackberry is one of the most delicious of all the fruits--just so sweet and fragrant and melt in the mouth good. Those are the ones that just fall off the stem.

I brought the berries home and used an old recipe to make a cobbler. Delicious! But one has to give up all thought of health. The recipe starts with melting a cup of butter and pouring it into a 9 by 11 inch pan. Gently cook the berries with 3/4 cup sugar just until juicy. Mix 3/4 cup sugar, one tablespoon baking powder and one cut flour with 2/3 cup milk. Pour the berries into the pan and then pour the pancake like mixture of flour into the berries and bake for 30 minutes. Wow! Try it with some ice cream!

If you decide to plant some vines, be careful where you place them as they tend to escape and spread and can take over an area and they are very difficult to get rid of. But the fruit can't be beat.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at August 22, 2011 3:17 PM
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