Get out picking those Blackberries!
I love this time of year when you can walk down the road with a tupperware container and pick yourself some free fruit. It brings back memories of childhood walks over Habberley Valley in Worcestershire where we would all pick fruit from the roadside on the way home. I was away from the UK for most of my 20's and half of my 30's so I love doing this as a proper grown up adult now. It just feels so British and evocative of times gone by.
I recently stumbled across this article in The Guardian from several years ago...
"The blackberry proves to children that snacks need not come pre-packed and rammed with additives. Even better – it's guilt-free. Food miles: zero. Carbon footprint? We think not. To pick blackberries is to participate in an ancient tradition: the fruit even gets a mention in Shakespeare. And the bramble quite literally offers a free lunch, or at least a free dessert, which is not to be sniffed at in the austerity age. So enjoy, but hurry. The date will soon be upon us when, according to legend, the devil was kicked down from heaven to land, cursing, upon a bramble bush. In revenge, he is said to spit (or in some versions pee) on the fruit at mid-autumn each year, rendering it immediately inedible. That tall tale underlines what a transient pleasure blackberrying is"
Graphic courtesy of The Guardian
Try out our brand new Blackberry and Apple yogurt Fool recipe with your free fruit!