Saturday, July 30, 2011

Foraging Blackberries

Blackberry bushes are extremely invasive. Once you have them in your yard, it's almost impossible to get ride of them. They constantly pop up at various spots on Sand Village Farm. Although I love perfectly ripe blackberries, I have to keep cutting the berry branches off. They are just too thorny! So, instead of growing my own blackberries, I go pick them just like I would with wild mushrooms. They grow abundantly in the neighborhood and are free for the picking. As you can see in the picture above, it grows on someone's fence. In addition to providing berries, the bushes also act as a barrier against critters and burglars. Believe me, you would not want to fall into these bushes.

I took a walk this afternoon and picked a bunch of blackberries. There were a few other people picking them, too. Some areas obviously have been picked over. It would be a shame to let these wild blackberries go to waste.


  1. I just picked alot on a foraging tour in Wimbledon (UK).....I dont like them quite as much as those from the Lousiana coast...but at least there are fewer bugs and no snakes :)...I will go pick some later when more are ripe...need to make a cobbler!

  2. A wild blackberry cobbler sounds delicious!