Heading out in the hopes of picking blackberries for a crumble or to eat with some fresh cream? Here are our top tips for foraging for these delicious berries.
Top tips for picking blackberries
When to pick blackberries?
August, September and early October are the best months to pick these juicy fruits from hedgerows.
- Look high and low
- When you find a likely-looking spot covered in berries, try not to completely clear the area.
- Try not to eat them until they're washed
- This is a tricky tip to follow as they're very tempting to snack on as you forage.
- Take care
- Wear long sleeves and trousers and take care when moving through hedgerows; you might get caught in the bushes or meet a few stinging nettles!
- Pick firm, plump-looking berries
- The squashed ones will spoil quicker.
- Eat or freeze your berries within 24 hours
- And don't wash them until you're ready to freeze or eat them, otherwise they'll spoil.
How to clean berry stains from your clothes
If you end up with purple stains on your clothes, cover the stains in white vinegar, leave for 30 minutes, rinse with cold water and wash as normal.
Foraging involves searching for and eating plants, herbs and fruit. Delicious snacks await you with adventure no. 21 on the list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.