Friday, August 10, 2012

Trailing Blackberry- worth the stoop



Can life get any better?
In my boyish years, I regarded the Trailing Blackberry (Rubus ursinus) as an annoying vine which frequently sawed into my ankles as I darted through the woods playing war with the neighbor kids. In my estimation, the fruit from such a small plant couldn’t possibly be worth the trouble to pick, especially with so many large fruited Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor) briars growing along our alley.

With age, however, came both patience and experience, and I have since learned to not only appreciate, but prefer our native Trailing Blackberry to its larger, invasive cousin. It is true that the fruit is much smaller, but what they lack in size, they make up for in flavor. When fully ripe, those little black jewels are packed with the very essence of summer berryliciousness. They are scrumptiously sweet with a slight tang and a complex fruity taste- as if all the summer’s fruit were distilled into one.

Berries in various stages of ripeness. Pick only those that are fully black.
Trailing blackberries abound in forests dominated by Douglas Fir (Psuedotsuga menziesii) and like many of our wild berries, they will only fruit when they receive ample light. Target tree openings on south facing slopes and the edges of forest stands for the best picking. Whether you take them home for pie, eat them fresh on ice-cream, or like me, eat them sun-warmed, right off the vine, be sure and smell your berry stained fingers for your dessert’s dessert.


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12 comments:

  1. Blackberries have done pretty well here in WI too. So far, we've collected about 11 gallons of berries.

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  2. Cookie - Vancouver IslandAugust 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Thanks for the pictures - we have them growing with the "regular" berries and weren't sure if we could eat them.

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  6. what eves but ice cream sounds good with berries.

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  9. I just received your 'Wild Berries of British Columbia' in the mail today ..then happened upon your website!! I found an amazing patch of Trailing Black Berries today! ..ready in a few days.thankyou for your wonderful article

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  10. I just received your 'Wild Berries of British Columbia' in the mail today ..then happened upon your website!! I found an amazing patch of Trailing Black Berries today! ..ready in a few days.thankyou for your wonderful article

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