Blackberry season!

Blackberry seasonIf you’ve been out and about you have probably seen the blackberries in the hedgerows. They will be in abundance soon across the county. The end of August, September and early October is the best time to get gathering these tasty fruits.

Blackberry picking is also a great activity for all the family. Most of us will remember collecting blackberries with our grandparents as children. It’s such a simple and fun activity as blackberries are very recognisable and easy pickings for youngsters.

Our advice is to not completely clear the hedgerow of all the juicy blackberries. Remember to leave some for the wildlife and we also want the plants to re-seed so they come back year after year for more of us to enjoy!

Did you know that each ripe blackberry is made up of 20-50 single seeds known as drupelets. Ten blackberries will count as one of your five-a-day so get picking!

Blackberries can be used to make the perfect crumble or a fruit tart or perhaps you’re a keen jam maker? Our Shop Manager, Chris, likes to make his own Crème de Mure. Click here to see some scrummy recipes from BBC good food.