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Bramble Berries 101

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 @ 03:57 PM

Bramble Berries 101

Pro Tip: All bramble berries freeze well! Place berries in quart or gallon bags and stick in the freezer. Use frozen berries in any smoothie or summer-time drink. Frozen bramble berries also make fantastic jam any time of the year.

Cooking with Bramble Berries: What better way to eat bramble berries than fresh out of hand! They also pair well with other berries (strawberries and blueberries) in fruit salads. They are excellent in smoothies (see page 4-5 for ideas) and delicious in pies, crumbles, muffins, and scones. When putting them in batters, avoid coloring the batter and making mushy berries by premixing batter thoroughly and softly fold in berries just before cooking/baking.

Have more berries than you can eat? Time to make jam! Check out our recipe here for Bramble Berry Freezer Jam.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Blackberry and a Black Raspberry

  1. Is it hollow?
  2. Is it about the size of your thumbnail?
  3. Is it made up of small fruit cells?

If you answered yes to those three questions, you have likely found the rare black raspberry! If not, you still have a tasty berry, but it is most likely a blackberry.

Tags: Blackberries, Local Raspberries