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October 7, 2011

Fight ban on blackberry picking

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — TopVeg @ 8:38 pm

Who are these people who ban blackberry picking?   More men in grey suits who deserve a fight!

How can they deprive us of a traditional, healthy pass-time which encompasses so much that is English:

  • happy, carefree days spent in the English countryside
  • becoming entangled in brambles
  • appreciating how long it takes to pick enough blackberries to make a pie or a pound of jam
  • scratching bare arms
  • dying hands purple
  • enjoying the spoils of the forage at home with stewed blackberries swirled in hot custard
  • preserving the fruit for the winter as jam
ripe-blackberries

ripe-blackberries

What do these officials want for our children?  A countryside they can only see from a car window – which is roped off and preserved in aspic?

How can the council be allowed to get away with this?  We must have access to the countryside and fresh air.  We must fight this ban on blackberry picking.

July 26, 2010

Black Butte blackberry

Filed under: fruit — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 8:20 pm

Black Butte is a  new blackberry variety from America which is famous for its very large berries.

Black-Butte-blackberry

Black-Butte-blackberry

Black Butte berries are:

  • uniformly shaped
  • elongated
  • huge – a berry can be up to 12 grams
  • sweet
  • juicy
  • delicious flavour
  • ripen early July to mid August

Black Butte blackberry plants are :

  • winter hardy
  • with thorny canes
  • requiring 1.8 (6ft) of wallspace.

Black Butte is an early season variety of blackberry which is highly recommended.

May 28, 2009

Mini Berry Sauce

Filed under: fruit — Tags: , , — TopVeg @ 5:43 pm

Show off your garden mini berries by adding this sauce to icecreams, sponges, or your favourite deserts.
Ingredients for mini berry sauce:

  • 40g caster sugar
  • 100ml red wine
  • 100ml port
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 200g strawberries, halved
  • 200g blackberries

How to make mini berry sauce:

  • put the sugar in a pan and heat until caramelised
  • stir in the red wine & port and boil until reduced by about 1/3
  • add the lemon juice and berries and leave to cool

September 3, 2007

Blackberry Picking Time in the Garden.

Filed under: fruit — Tags: , , — TopVeg @ 8:11 am

 

   

ripe-blackberries

ripe-blackberries

Blackberries often called Brambles (latin name – Rubus Fruticosus) are ripe and ready
for picking. The blackberries do not all ripen at the same time, so the
ripe berries should be picked every day, to stop them going mouldy.

 

blackberry-fruit

blackberry-fruit

July 1, 2007

Soft Fruit Harvest has started!

Filed under: fruit — Tags: , , , , , — TopVeg @ 12:09 pm

The soft fruit harvest has started with strawberries and raspberries
being picked.

ripening-strawberries

ripening-strawberries

ripening-raspberries

ripening-raspberries

 

Tulameen-raspberries

Tulameen-raspberries

The tayberries have just started to ripen.

tayberries

tayberries

The red and black currants are just changing colour and will be ready
next week.

redcurrants

redcurrants

blackcurrants-ripening

blackcurrants-ripening

Most blackberries are in full flower, but the early ones are just
starting to ripen.

blackberries-ripening

blackberries-ripening

Anyone beginning to tire of strawberries and cream, should try Joanna’s
strawberry sponge recipe

strawberrysponge

strawberrysponge

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