Have just come in from picking blackberries in our garden – seems to be a bumper crop this year. It is wonderful to be able to enjoy this free bounty – even if it does mean that autumn isn’t far away.
I’m sure that many of you will also be indulging in this pastime over the next few weeks so I thought it would be worth reminding you of ….
The golden rules of Blackberrying
- If you want to find the lushest and easiest to pick crops, make sure that you have absolutely nothing with you in which to put them when you’ve picked them. If you go out armed with boxes you are guaranteed to pick less than a dozen.
- No matter how many fat juicy ones are within easy reach, make sure that you reach into the densest group of prickly, scratchy branches and stinging nettles in order to pick one more.
- Always ensure that the youngest member of your party is placed in the closest proximity to any stinging nettles.
- Do try to wear shorts and sleeveless tops so that the brambles have the maximum amount of flesh to attack.
I may have missed a few, but I think most of the essentials are there 😉
However, stick them in a pie or crumble with a dollop of ice cream or custard and the pain is all worthwhile – happy picking!