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Freshly picked Blackberries.

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Hi everyone,

Yesterday I picked these blackberries from brambles growing wild in my hedgerow so I didn't have far to walk. Blackberries are synonymous with Autumn in the UK and will be in fruit for a little while yet.

Wild blackberries from brambles have much more flavour than shop bought ones in my opinion even if they are a little smaller and I have to confess that I ate some while picking them but thats all part of it as you cant get fresher than that!

Here's an article on the health benefits of blackberries, please see:

healthline.com/health/benef...

They are packed with vitamins and nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin K plus magnesium which we all need so its well worth putting some gloves on going for a walk and picking some especially in this nice early autumn weather.

I have some home grown Bramley apples from a neighbour our so will be baking something with the magic combo of Bramley apples and blackberries real soon.

Lastly enjoy the lovely weather in the UK folks. 🌞

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So beautiful, Jerry. I’m jealous. I love berries. By the time they arrive here in the US from wherever, they’re usually mushy. πŸ™You’re so lucky!

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Isinatra

Thank you Isinatra we have to make the most of these opportunities especially with free fruit that we really like. 😊

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Isinatra in reply to Jerry

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They look lovely Jerry, we've had a large dish full from wild ones growing around us. Last year hubby made bramble jelly with what he picked and it was delicious - nature's gift (but maybe intended for the birds πŸ€”). 😁

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JerryAdministrator in reply to springcross

Thank s springcross and bramble jelly does sound good so well done to hubby. 😊

Those look delicious Jerry and for me it's always a bitter-sweet moment when blackberries are ripe and ready for picking. It makes me think of the days when mum and I would hunt the hedgerows for this wonderful treasure which was then made into the most more-ish pies and crumbles. But also bitter-sweet because these berries herald a change in the season. The end of summer is coming fast and turning my thoughts to falling leaves, fat ears of golden wheat and for some strange reason, field mice! 🐭🐭

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Callendersgal

Thank you Sue, you have a wide perception as your reply is charming as you are so right the nights are drawing in and the trees/crops are getting ready for winter but it’s the light the colours and the air feels fresher in the autumn I think which I really like. And I’m an October child so maybe that comes into it. It’s funny you mention field mice as I purposely leave the one close to the ground for them as they are becoming endangered. 🐭😊

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CallendersgalGuest in reply to Jerry

How lovely Jerry! I might have known that you'd be thinking of our wild creatures too!! πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ­πŸ”†

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MTCee in reply to Callendersgal

We have a few delightful little field mice in our garden that dart out to get seeds that drop from the bird feeders. If you blink you miss them. Always makes me smile.

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CallendersgalGuest in reply to MTCee

Oh how lovely MeTeeCee, It's great to take time out to watch the creatures who go about their business in our gardens!

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JerryAdministrator in reply to MTCee

Hey that’s just so nice MTCee as they’re so cute. 🐭

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They look lovely Jerry, and very healthy. Thank you for posting the link - so many benefits to eating them. Looking forward to seeing your Apple and Blackberry creation 😊

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Kitten-whiskers

Thanks Debs I’m looking forward to having them with the apples. 😊

Hi Jerry,

We are very lucky to be able to have fresh and wild fruit like berries growing here in the UK, isn't it? xx

😊

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JerryAdministrator in reply to TaurusLady

Hi TaurusLady we are indeed lucky to have wild berries growing here.😊

I used to love picking blackberries but sadly none here. I’ll just sit and admire your bowl of blackberries instead 😊

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JerryAdministrator in reply to HungryHufflepuff

Awe thanks 😊

I picked quite a few on one of my riverside walks about 4 weeks ago. The hot weather had obviously ripened them early . They're now in the freezer waiting for me to enjoy them later.

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JerryAdministrator in reply to MadBunny

Hi MadBunny picking blackberries by the river sounds really nice to me. I’m sure about how much sun they get as they fruit for a while. So you enjoy your frozen ones. 😊

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MadBunny in reply to Jerry

I looked the other day and there weren't any so I guess they've been picked, as there were lots of unripe ones when I picked mine.

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JerryAdministrator in reply to MadBunny

I always thought of picking blackberries in August and remember a friend saying the last week in August was blackberry picking week and I thought that was neat. These are mine and they're in full sun now but are sheltered from the sun a lot because of trees so its a very sheltered corner and you can see theres plenty more to come as I've just taken this photo.

Blackberries ripening.
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MadBunny in reply to Jerry

Yes I've always picked them last week in August.

Your blackberries look delightful. What a joy to be able to walk nearby and pick your fruits.

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Imaaan

Thank you Imaaan you really appreciate things and it shows so good for you. 😊

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Imaaan in reply to Jerry

I try to practice gratitude since it's part of being healthy :)

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Imaaan

Hey me too πŸ‘

I remember picking-and eating them!-as a child. Nice memories.

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Maxy6

Me too Maxy6 😊

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Activity2004Administrator

One of my favorite type of fruit and berries are blackberries. We add them usually to a fruit salad when we are able to get them. :-)

Can't wait to see the apple and blackberry dessert you plan to bake soon. Sounds really delicious! :-)

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JerryAdministrator in reply to Activity2004

Hi Leah I love berries so adding them to a fruit salad sounds delicious to me, 😊

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Jerry

That's a great idea for a fruit salad and adding the blackberries into it. We were going to have a fruit salad last night as a dessert, but we just had strawberries and peaches/grapes. We will have to see when we can get more blackberries later this week-- or weekend. :-)

I also picked a large amount from the field behind my garden at the weekend. We have Bramleys growing in the garden to make crumbles. They are great to eat raw when going for long walks in the fields. πŸ‘πŸ˜‹

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JerryAdministrator in reply to China-trekker

This sounds good to me China-trekker as you don’t have to go far pick the blackberry’s and growing your own Bramley apples is even better.

And you’re right blackberry’s are thirst quenching when out walking and they’re in season. I buy a big bag of grapes for long car journeys for the same reason. πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

I totally agree! We started growing basic vegetables and blackberries years ago with our children and there’s no greater pleasure than spending time picking and eating them fresh with the kids! I’d love to expand our planting area to grow more fruits. Love knowing where our fruit and veg comes from

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JerryAdministrator in reply to ddgray

Hey good for you for encouraging your children to spend time picking fruit I used to go blackberry picking with my son. And you’re so right about knowing our foods journey to our plates. Making homegrown the best. 😊

There seem to be lots around here too atm. Both me and my dog dine on them liberally whenever we go for walks. My dog points them out and then waits until a few are picked and dropped into her mouth πŸ˜„

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JerryAdministrator in reply to MTCee

Hey that’s great and what a sensible dog, πŸ˜€

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