Do U Pick or Buy for Delicious Blackberry Pie?
Tonight, turned out to be a huge food win requiring very little effort.
I normally cook full meals at dinner. It’s our family routine ever since I was a child. We sometimes eat out and sometimes I’ll tell everyone they have to fend for themselves for a meal, but a sit-down dinner is the norm at our house. To see more about how to nourish a family, click here. Usually I bake from scratch but today, being a hot summer day, I decided to simplify things with a premade mix, Krusteaz Beer Bread. It was so good, that became our dinner! I let go of my conditioning and gave the kids the option to have it with butter and jam or make sandwiches with it. The caveat to relieve my guilt of not cooking a full meal was they had to drink a glass of milk with it (that way I could picture a plate of food with a drink in each of their hands).
They did both.
And I happen to have left out the fruit baskets I bought today. My research has taught me that if I ask the kids if they want fruit, they often politely decline, but if I leave the baskets out, the fruit just disappears!
While baking, I had this inkling to try the blackberries I had just bought at New Seasons.
They were unbelievable.
Reminders of berry picking as a child filled my mind; stuck in the brambles with purple fingers, scratches all over, unhooking myself form the branches as I continued looking for that berry was that big plump, soft, and ready to eat. The warm sun on my back. Hours of intense picking with crickets chirping in the background. You couldn’t eat too many. Abundance abounded in the world of wild overgrown berry bushes.
Now living in Portland, Oregon, I’m surprised at all the open space here and how many wild black berry bushes there are. I’ve learned that some of these are Himalayan Blackberries, which are actually an invasive species and hard to eradicate. At least they look natural and offer fruit to eat.
Why Eating Blackberries is a Unique Experience
Blackberries offer this unusual eating experience. Most fruits you have to chew to really taste what they are about, but with Blackberries it’s like waiting for the best roller coaster ride at the amusement park. The anticipation, the slow grind up, then the swoosh as you lose your stomach in the drop down. Blackberries really offer nothing until you bite into them. Then suddenly there’s that sweet taste of the fruit as it explodes in your mouth, berry juice blasting everywhere. Sometimes you don’t even have to chew them. Following is the lingering sensation in your mouth afterwards, as your fingers search for the next great ride.
Last summer we visited Bella Organic Farms and had our first experience picking blueberries, another Oregon favorite. This past year has been indulged with blueberries.
I have to say that I fell in love with Blueberries last summer, but these locally grown Blackberries were sure an instant close second.
This basket of berries offered the same wonderful explosions, except I didn’t pick them, they were store bought. By my standards, especially this time of year, totally worth the drive to the Sellwood New Seasons simply to buy locally grown berries.
What’s 15 minutes out of your day anyways? And for something healthy!
Or take your partner and the kids and go pick your own. There are several “U Pick” farms in the Portland area like Columbia Farms.
About the Blackberry Plant:
I see some homeowners also grow their own plants up here. I have heard that caution is needed when planting blackberry plants due to their need to expand as they grow. But with the right amount of space, soil and sunlight, this appears to be a plant that can be grown in almost any area of the United States.
Edible landscaping reports this specific plant, Chester Blackberry, as a self-fertilizing thorn less plant, easy to grow (in terms of heat, drought and humidity tolerance). One Green World says you’ll have “ease of harvest” with this selection.
And What’s a Post About Blackberries Without Recipes?
Need some ideas about how to prepare them?
Check these recipes out:
Whether you like to pick or grow your own, or simply need to get to the store to buy them, don’t wait, go get your Black berries while you still can!
And have a berry good experience.