Friday, 23 August 2013

Bramble Bushes Bursting with Beautiful Big Blackberries

It’s that time of year again!

Big, fat juicy Blackberries are currently ripening on the commons, parks, hedgerows and gardens all over the place.
Most of the year Brambles are nothing more than a pain in the… Well, it depends on where they have snagged you really.
But come the hot and hazy days of Summer, especially during August the briers suddenly become our nation’s favourite plant.
Conveniently this splendid event occurs during the school holidays and wise families all over the country set out with suitable boxes and bags, often backed up with a picnics and bottles of drink.
They return later, tired and happy, smeared in juice, proudly displaying their battle scars of stinging nettle and thorn assaults.
The rewards are full boxes and bags, now bursting with berries, ready to be eaten, frozen or cooked into some delicious pudding or preserve. The best way to freeze blackberries is to lay them on a baking tray in the freezer, then transfer them into bags once frozen hard. This keeps the individual fruits separate and easy to apportion for future use.
What’s not to like?
Get out there now!
It looks as if there might be a bumper crop this year of Hazelnuts and Walnuts some Hazelnuts are already ripe.

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