Yippee, there were a few blackberries left when I went up north! For me, the last blackberries of the season are bittersweet as summer is coming to an end and fall is around the corner with winter on its heels.
Blackberry picking is a summer adventure that connects me be back to nature. I feel a sense of peace as I wander among the brambles searching for that perfect berry. I savor the sweetness with tartness as it stains my fingers a pretty deep purple. It’s fun to watch the spiders scamper away and see the various pollinating insects buzzing around looking for nectar. Sometimes I need to get away from the city and remind myself to be carefree and enjoy the simpler things in life.
Living in Florida, I miss eating berries right off the bush. They do have blackberry plants you can grow in Florida, but I haven’t had much success with them. For now, blackberries will be an extra special treat for when I go up north. Yes, I can get them in the store, but it’s just not the same. Berries are best eaten right off of the bush.
If you don’t have enough berries for a pie try this recipe out: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/blueberry-hand-pies#