Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Over the past few weeks we've been enjoying the pleasures of free organic fruit. The empty lots in our neighborhood are covered with blackberry vines, which have been particularly productive this Spring.
Deliciously ripe black berries, tender to the touch and bursting with flavor (and very red juice!). Once the various spiders, bugs, and creepy-crawlies have been sorted out, they are ready for use. To date we've had four blackberry crisps and numerous garnishes (that's about seventeen cups of blackberries total).
While they may appear to be free, there is one cost:
This particular vine, which lured me in with its one-inch berries, also sported half-inch thorns. Ouch! But the scratches heal (eventually), and they are hardly enough to keep us from gathering berries. With a crisp in the oven right now, it's just about time to gather more!