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It's Autumn!

Written by Laura Foster on

Blackberries

I think we have come to accept Summer is over, it’s time to put the shorts away, wrap up a bit more…… not quite the hat / scarf / glove routine of Winter but enjoy the wonderful weather and colours that Autumn has to offer.
Norfolk is a great place to come to and enjoy this time of year.

While I was out walking my Westie Bonnie this weekend and seeing all the blackberries growing reminded me of what my nan always use to tell me, that you must pick your blackberries before the 1st of October “The Devils Spit Day!” now I’m not entirely sure if it’s true and a devil actually spits on the fruit but I decided not to take the risk so collected my container from home and headed back out…

If you haven’t been Blackberrying before here are some top tips for you.
Blackberry juice stains hands, (I‘m hoping it comes off soon!) I would also suggest wearing a long sleeve top and trousers as the brambles are covered in many sharp thorns, maybe also ensure small children wear gloves to protect little fingers.
I believe the most flavoursome blackberries are those which have grown in direct sunlight so often found in the most difficult places to reach.
Make sure you only pick the fully black, blackberries (not red or purple) as these berries don’t ripen any further once picked. Ripe berries usually just come away with only a slight tug.
Above all have fun collecting them!!

Once home I can say I was very proud of my foraging collection, I then soaked them for a good half hour, washed them a made a Blackberry crumble, Yum Yum!

Other recipes you could try include, Blackberry jelly, jam, ice tea and smoothies.

So just to remind you I suggest you get collecting soon........ the days until the devil gets them are running out!!!

Laura Foster

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Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.