Purple and Blue

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!!
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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!!

blackberries and cottage cheese

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.

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Generally, I’ll buy berries frozen and we will use them in

  • smoothies,
  •  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?

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Amy says:

Glad to have so many fellow roadside berry pickers!!

Totally ethical! In fact, I didn’t know there was any other way to find them other than the side of the road 🙂

Don says:

I think it is fine to pick wild berries we have been doing since I was a kid, Mom had us out in summer picking berries for her to make jams and jellies for the rest of the year,kept four kids busy every summer of the sixtys.Man did I love those jams and jellies.Also picking and eating fresh beries wasn’t bad either!

That’s a great idea to smash them as a topping. I usually just use them in smoothies or jam. Once in a while (maybe 1 time every 3 years?) I make a blackberry pie. We have a lot growing in public places here in WA.

Corey Werle says:

It’s not illegal. Don’t hide. We all do it.
I went out on Sunday night and picked a huge bucket full of blackberries then made scones with 1/4 of them and froze the rest. In the North West they are super juicy and sweet. The only bad thing is, they’ll take over you backyard if you don’t keep an eye on them.

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