Foraging On My Own Property

| July 27, 2009 | 5 Comments

Fresh wild blackberries

That is a palmful of some blissfully juicy, sweet-tart wild blackberries. So tasty.

Last week, I noticed something red in a bush along my driveway while pulling out to go to the store. I didn’t stop at the time, and I mentally wrote it off as some inedible red berries like the perfectly round and frosty-exterior ones I used to squash between my fingers growing up.

Then, while I was walking up the driveway to get the mail yesterday, the spots of red caught my eye again. Except this time, I had the wherewithal to actually take a closer look. Those red berries that I wrote off? Turns out, they were not-yet-ripe blackberries. Wild blackberries.

I couldn’t be more excited. A few years ago, I discovered black raspberries at a family member’s house and made a delightful jam from them. I cannot wait to transform these blackberries into blackberry butter (food mill recommendations, anyone?).

Triumphant, I picked a few ripe ones to sample, sharing with the kids and Shawn. They’re pretty stoked too.

Honestly though, there is one thing bugging me. I have lived here for quite a few years, and this is the first I have ever seen of these bushes of blackberries. This isn’t one little bush, this is many bushes. They will produce pints and pints of berries this season. But why have I never seen them before? Was I so blind to my surroundings for all these years? Seriously?

Have you ever discovered something unexpected on your property? Maybe it’s time to go looking …

Category: Eating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Sell says:

    What a great story and a nice find. We have a lovely pear treein our garden which produces nice fruit so looking forward to eating some.

  2. zoe p. says:

    Have you seen Living in a Local Zone – another CT food blog? http://livinginalocalzone.wordpress.com/

    You both showed us your yards this week! Is this a coincidence?

  3. Sarah Caron says:

    Thanks for the comment, Zoe. I showcase my garden every Friday (and have since I started this growing season). Feel free to search “Fertile Fridays” in my archives for a full list of garden posts.

  4. Jessica says:

    Blackberries in CT – I’d be shocked too as I’ve been told they are very hard to find here (I’m from CA where they basically grow like weeds). How exciting!

  5. Sarah Caron says:

    Turns out these black gems are a close relative of the blackberry, called the dewberry. A friend looked into it for me! Thanks for making me wonder, Jessica!

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