I think blackberry picking is my absolute favourite thing about this time of year. Sunday felt so autumnal, with the grey skies, fallen leaves, and an excuse to put on my favourite ankle boots to hunt down one of my absolute favourite fruits.
Every year Mama CupAndSaucer go blackberry picking. We used to go the weekend before I'd head back to uni, but clearly this year (and last, for that matter), we just picked a random September weekend. We weren't actually expecting to find a great deal- people have been talking about blackberry picking for weeks, it seems- but we came home with nearly three kilos of the bad boys.
Sorry for the strange face here... Also, I'd recommend that if you're going blackberry picking, a white dress and tights are not sensible clothing options.
We decided to freeze the majority of the berries, as blackberries go off seriously quickly. We've found the best way to do this is to lay the blackberries on trays and freeze like this, before putting them into tubs once frozen. I'm planning on using the frozen berries in some sort of baking- I'm sure I'll let you know what when I've done it- and possibly using some to make blackberry gin. For the record, this is what 2.5kg of blackberries on trays looks like...!
I did save a few from the freezer though- blackberries are perfect in porridge, particularly when it's spiked with cinnamon and vanilla, with chunks of apple stirred through too.
If you haven't been blackberry picking yet, you might still be in luck- when we were out, we found an awful lot of berries which were still waiting to ripen. And if you have- what did you do with yours? (Other than just eating them, obviously)