Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DEWBERRY PICKING DONE FOR THE SEASON

Bucket full of dewberries
I was able to pick a few dewberries weekend before last.  There were still a few more out there that I didn't get to but this is still not even remotely as big of a crop as it has been in the past.  I only got this bucket and a few more in a bag, about six cups total.  I washed them, froze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and then vacuum sealed them in two 3-cup packages which is just about enough for a cobbler.

I had hoped to get a few more the following weekend since there were still some red ones (unripe) on the vines but unfortunately, the birds and the rain took the last of those.  I took the picture below to show you how they ripen, they start off green of course, then they just go from red to black/dark purple, sometimes one row at a time.

I'll have a neat story about them to share soon, and I'll post our cobbler recipe.

Oh, and did I mention that they are yummy to eat?  They are!

Dewberries up close

12 comments:

Kris said...

Are those just Texas blackberries? They look just like them to me. What's the difference?

Frugal Queen said...

Blackberry liquer recipe

You will need a large preserving jar and half fill it with clean blackberries. Sprinkle with sugar until the gaps are filled to half way up the jar. Top up with vodka and seal the jar. gently shake the jar every few days and leave to steep until Christmas - sieve/strain and sip neat

Linda said...

That is how mulberries ripen, a row or section at a time. Plus, they ripen over about two months!

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

mmmmm...drool...seriously I want to lick the computer screen. So jealous of all the berry-deliciousness!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

I'm coming to your place for cobbler, :-)

The Happy Hippy said...

Yummy - will be nice if you have any left in the freezer come Fall, mixed with apple for a pie or crisp, or even a delicious sauce to serve with roast pork, venison or goose! :P

1st Man said...

I guess you could call them that. They are related to the blackberry. Blackberries have upright canes whereas dewberries are on trailing vines, and they say dewberries are somewhat larger and sweeter than blackberries. I think blackberries also have fewer thorns. But yeah, same family just a bit different. :-)

1st Man said...

OMG, THANK you for this. Sounds lovely. I had already frozen them (and have some left from last year) do you know if it would be too late once they are frozen? I'd love to try this....

Thank you!!

1st Man said...

That's cool, I've never had a mulberry. Two months is a long time to wait for a delicious berry, ha. These ripen pretty quick. I'm glad, as I'm not always that patient, ha.

1st Man said...

They are berry delicious, LOL!

1st Man said...

You'd be welcome anytime!!!

1st Man said...

Ooh, good ideas....I'd love them with roast pork...and actually mixing them in with apple would be a really nice addition. Thanks!!