Blackberry foraging & the best recipes for them
Blackberries have to be the most commonly foraged food in the UK. You might not even know what foraging is but, if you’re a country bumpkin or enjoy days out in the countryside, you’ll likely have foraged for blackberries more than once.
My childhood is littered with memories of hands and faces covered in purple blackberry juice after heading out with the family, tupperware in hand, to pick as many as we could from the hedgerows.
Because of their fame, I don’t think I need to help you identify them, but here are some things you might not have known about blackberries:
You can forage not only the berries but the leaves too. Look for new leaves and make a tea from them by simply adding hot (not boiling) water
They are packed with antioxidants, including vitamin A, C and E
They don’t last long after being picked so make sure you use them quick (recipes to help you below)
Good old English folklore states that picking blackberries after October the 11th shouldn’t be done - the devil has made them rotten or poisonous by spitting on them
the 5 best blackberry Recipes
Making a compote is SO easy and can be used in many lovely ways; on top of pancakes, porridge, cereal or desert
This is another easy make. You could use any berry scone recipe and just substitute their choice of berry with blackberries. The lime zest addition here is great too
Vegan blackberry tarts
I haven’t made these but they look delicious. They are definitely more of a complicated (and expensive) make but would be great for a dinner party
Blackberry lime and cardamom gin
Plum and blackberry galette
Let’s face it, we needed an alternative to the crumble. This is it. Simple, hot and perfect with ice cream/custard. Need I say more?
Whenever you forage, remember to stick to the foraging guidelines. They exist to keep us safe as well as to make sure we honour and protect the environment and ecosystems around us.