Is it ethical to take wild berries growing on the side of a road that appears to not be owned by anyone? If it is OK to pick wild berries, why was I trying to hide while I did it? Why was I nervous as I picked thinking I was about to be arrested? At the same time, how could I let all these amazing blackberries literally go to the birds? This huge bush was on the side of the road! No one was eating them or picking them. I HAD TO DO IT!!
Black berries are amazing! The darker the purple and blue fruits and vegetables, the more anti-oxidant properties they have. These foods include, but aren’t limited to: Blueberries, blackberries, grapes, raisins, plums. High in Anthocyanin and phenolics. The Benefits are reduction of age related memory loss, controlling blood pressure, slowing the effects of aging (I like that one).
With our wild blackberries, I decided to put them on cottage cheese. I’ve enjoyed my “tasting spoon” idea so much, that I went out and bought little cocktail forks, little demi spoons, and little tiny dipping bowls. All in the name of “Testing new foods”. My kids are good sports. But they don’t really care for cottage cheese. To me, it was fabulous!!
We are growing our own blackberries, but unfortunately we only harvest one berry each per day. But my kids LOVE going outside to find the best berry they can find.
Generally, I’ll buy berries frozen and we will use them in
- top them on green salads, or
- eat them straight from the bag.
- Mash them into a spread for toast.
What do you use berries for?