|Ripe blackberries in hedgerow|
I continued on the tradition when my kids were small. We used to head off with my son on his bike and my daughter in her buggy and Simba the dog in tow. The kids had buckets and did all the usual moaning while Simba had a great time sniffing out rabbits.
I always remember getting the "funny looks" from passing cars. At least I thought they were looking at me strangely but maybe they were just curious as to what we were doing. You always got the odd one who stopped, rolled down the window and gave some sort of advice re: maggots, bugs, pollution etc.
Blackberry jam is up there with the greats and by the greats I mean raspberry and apricot - my favourites.
Blackberry and apple crumble is sublime served with big dollops of whipped cream. Pure comfort food.
Blackberries also freeze really well and you don't have to go to the trouble my mother did trying to freeze the berries separately. Unlike softer fruit they don't go into a mush when they defrost and they keep their flavour.
Plus and it's a very big plus - they are free; they are full of vitamins and anti-oxidants and they have not been flown half way around the globe having been sprayed with pesticides en route.
|Blackberry and apple tart and blackberry muffin|
Muffin recipe here
Basic tart recipe here