Kamikaze Blackberry Picking!

We (my husband and I), went blackberry picking this morning.  We went last Saturday morning as well.  It has been interesting to see how differently each of us picks berries.

Some of us pick blackberries with care and precision, wandering around the outside of the bushes and picking only the biggest or easiest to find – that would be myself.  Me and those like me are not kamikaze pickers!  Our berries are clean of debris.  Then there are the others – they clothe themselves in their armour and dive into the middle of the bushes and come out triumphant – that would be my husband.  His berries often include leaves and grass, not enough to count, but they are there.  This is reflected in the state of our buckets.  My husbands bucket is full to overflowing and mine is not quite full – between us we picked 12 pounds in about an hour.  Very respectable picking.  Last week we picked about 12.5 pounds in the same time.  It has been a very good year for blackberries.

Our blackberries are not the local ones, which are small, very delicious and very hard to find – if you know where they are you do not share!  The description below is from the Edible Wild Plant Project.

TRAILING WILD BLACKBERRY: Rubus ursinus  – Look closely at the ground while strolling through city lanes and forest paths and you might spot the sprawling trailing blackberry.  This smaller cousin of the introduced and highly visible Himalayan Blackberry, is the only native blackberry species on Vancouver Island and has long been a traditional food source of First Nations people. The berries can be eaten fresh, used in baking and cooking, or dried. The leaves can be picked and dried to make tea throughout the year.The plant has white flowers that can be eaten fresh or used in tea.

We pick the Himalayan Blackberry.  This is an invasive species, but is large, juicy and delicious.  It makes great jam, jelly or pies and is free for the picking.

Last weeks Jelly!

Our local government is trying to eradicate the species, with limited success.  I understand why, but I am not sure that I agree.  Yes – it is invasive and chokes out local plants – which we often regard as weeds.  So what it is replacing is only better in that it is native to our area.  We certainly don’t want it in our gardens, but out in the bush, why not?  It has a use and is easy to grow and will continue to produce and so is not all bad!  I’m for keeping the blackberry bushes!

Last week I made 20 or so jars of Blackberry Jelly.  It is jelly this year at the request of my father and Tom’s mother, they prefer no seeds.  I make will some more jelly and maybe some jam as well and then freeze some for berry crisp or pies.

Some stars ready to shape and some already shaped I think that I need about 2 or 3 more!

Today I will finish the Sea Stars for the Tidal Pool Shawl and tomorrow I will paint.  This will most likely be the last painting of the year.  I have idea’s to knit up over the fall and winter for next summer and the new painting season.  But they won’t be done early enough to squeeze in any painting, realistically it will be too cold in about a month.

Happy Knitting and Good Luck Picking

Try around the Long Lake Boat Ramp – there might still be some berries left!


About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Kamikaze Blackberry Picking!

  1. stitchknit says:

    I think you’ve given me the push to get out & pick my blackberries. I too, pick like the berries are ready to go in the jam kettle! I hate to do a job twice I guess….so, picking them clean right off the bat, saves me time.
    I don’t have enough berries to get a batch of jam in one picking……..so, I’ll pick a few days in a row, & flash freeze mine, until I’ve got enough for a jam session!
    Hate to see free food going to waste……….& such yumminess too!

    • It is so true about the free food – it amazes me that so much is wasted, when, with a little time and effort! I know time is more the issue than effort – we are so bogged down with all we do! I’ll be freezing some of my berries as well. I love berry/apple crisp in the middle of winter – it takes me right back to summer!
      Happy Picking Lynette

  2. There was a book that my mother bought years ago called “Stalking the Wild Asparagus.” It was a guide to edible plants in the wild. I bet that you could cook up a mean feast with wild rice, some wild tubers – I’d forget the mushrooms – I’m never sure which ones are safe – but it could be fun to forage and preserve. Then again, I’ve been meaning to do mint jelly for years – my garden is overrun with it – but I have never quite gotten around to it. Sigh!

    • I remember that book! It was interesting but I was really never keen on collecting anything in the wild except the berrires. Though my father went muchroom picking once and we ate the most incredible mushroom ever! Only the once but were they ever good! They were morel mushrooms! They are very unusual looking and very easy to identify!

      I think that you should give mint jelly a try! Homemade is usually very good! I probably have a recipe somewhere!

      Happy Collecting

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