Golden rules of blackberrying!

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Always ensure that the youngest member of your party is placed in the closest proximity to any stinging nettles.
  4. 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!

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4 thoughts on “Golden rules of blackberrying!

  1. We used to love finding blackberries when out with my grandfather. His walking stick was really useful for pulling down those out-of-reach branches!

  2. Makes me think of a country drive I was on with one of my friends. My friend disappeared into a patch of blackberries to do some picking. I stayed in the car and boned up on first aid for snake bites.

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