We harvested our first home-grown blackberries yesterday.

Only four, but larger than I’ve ever seen – the biggest was the size of a spool of thread!  I guess the vines must have liked all that dirty chicken straw I kept dumping underneath them. The plants are loaded with berries.

They were so flavorful, but still a leeeettle bit tart.

I thought they were perfect even so. The tartness was well balanced with the sweet and will make them absolutely perfect in sorbet and blackberry pie and summer fool and whatever other not-jam concoctions I can whip up with them.

Sofía evidently thought so too:

“Mommy, you say I can have the last one, okay? You do not say no, okay?”

10 Responses to “Blackberries”

  1. Darcy Says:

    How nice that she at least gives you the illusion that you are able to make that final decision! At that age my little one would have popped it into her mouth and said, “Mami Yummy!!!!” Those are some huge blackberries! Mine aren’t half that size – but then again mine is a creeper vine (i.e. it crept in without my knowledge from my neighbor’s yard and I LOVE IT!). Perhaps with more care on my side they will grow bigger!

    Congrats on the berries! So good and healthy for you and the little ones (oh yeah, and Josh too if he ever gets any! :-)

  2. Kathleen Says:

    Beautiful and huge. When my dad came to visit I always made him blackberry cobbler made with pie crust.

  3. heidi Says:

    Such a sweetie–actually “both” of them–the Berries and the Sofia.
    I think you may not get all those cobblers, jam, etc you are dreaming of–the babysitting mechanism will shift from strawberries to blackberries.
    What kind of blackberries are they anyhow? So huge. Thorns?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    ZOWIE!!! Never saw blackberries that big before! Way to go.

  5. diana Says:

    Thanks guys! I think they are called Natchez. Or maybe Apache? I had wanted to get the thornless ones, but ordered wrong and these have some truly vicious claws! But you know what, it’s helped protect them against squirrels and raccoons so far, so maybe that’s ok. :)

    Darcy – oh I know. I was surprised she asked too! 😀

    Kathy – I think you made that for me once, actually! I LOVE cobbler made with pie crust! But then, I love ANYTHING made with pie crust.

  6. Erin Says:

    WOW those are huge! My raspberry and coming alive now and they are so tiny!

  7. Katie Says:

    They are at their peak here (a little further south) and HUGE – at every farmers’ market! I even put a pic of some on my Facebook, I was so amazed at the size. I tried to take a pic of one next to a quarter (which it dwarfs) but came out too fuzzy. Lucky that you have these growing on your property! Though I would not want to negotiate those thorns…

  8. heidi Says:

    A one berry turnover?

  9. Tall Clover Farm Says:

    Now those are blackberries! I grow a couple thornless varieties that I love: Triple Crown, Chester and Loch Ness.

    Here’s a favorite recipe of mine: blackberry sorbet:

    Nothing better than homegrown, and personally-picked-by-an-angel berries!

  10. diana Says:

    Oh I think I saw that recipe back in the day – I may even have bookmarked it, but thanks for bringing it to my attention again. We’re sure to get lots more blackberries and that would be perfect!

    I wanted thornless blackberries but accidentally ordered the wrong kind. And these 6 are now such thuggish monsters that I hesitate to order any more, of any variety! :)

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