Guess what's big, black, sweet and juicy -- and growing along all our favorite walking trails and parks right now? Blackberries! Yay! We picked the first few ripe blackberries last week, and this week there's a bunch more ready. The boys are hoping for some mini blackberry pies soon... :)
The first ripe blackberry by our yard
I know I haven't posted all week. We've been busy with school work and mostly just enjoying the lovely August sunshine here in Washington! Gotta get outside every day before the rainy season is back... :) So, forgive me for re-posting this tip from last year. :)
Okay, so today's Kitchen Tip is more of an eating tip than a cooking tip... :)
Yehoshua (6) picks berries
Blackberries are getting ripe here, and we're enjoying them on our walks! Blackberries grow wild here and they are huge, juicy, and sweet. As a non-native to the PNW, I find the delicious wild blackberries amazing!
Eliyahu (4) reaching for some ripe berries
Whether blackberries or blueberries or another kind of berry, have you ever noticed how each berry has it's own unique flavor?
When I'm eating fresh berries, I think each berry tastes slightly different, and as I eat I think things like "Oh, that was the BEST berry!" or "Eeeks, that one was tart!" or "I think that one was a little too ripe..." (Maybe I over-analyze my food?!)
So, to get the best eating experience, I like to eat fresh berries two or three at a time. Or more if you have a big mouth! ;) When I put several berries in my mouth at once, I get a good blend of flavors and the sweetness and flavor overall is more consistent.
Do any of you eat fresh berries in this way? :)
Our favorite "berry" recipes:
My Mom's Mulberry Pie -- I love mulberries! They grow wild on my parents' property in Ohio.
Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcake -- I request this for my birthday cake :)
Easy Fruit Coffee Cake -- versatile and yummy!
Strawberry Slushie -- Joshua makes these for us on hot days :)
My berry-lovin' kiddos :)
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