autumn fruits

Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) in the lanes. September 2019

Bramble is a food source for honey bees and bumblebees and other wild animals. Leaves are eaten by certain caterpillars and some grazing mammals, especially deer, are also fond of the leaves. Caterpillars of concealer moth have been found feeding inside dead blackberry shoots. When mature, the berries are eaten and their seeds dispersed by several mammals, such as fox and badger and small birds.

The pastime of blackberry picking (blackberrying) goes back thousands of years and is still popular in both town and country. Ripe juicy blackberries have a high vitamin C content and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are traditionally used in pies, crumbles (usually paired with apples), wines, jams, jellies and vinegar. Strong ale brewed from blackberries, malt and hops was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Source: Woodland Trust UK

If you want to join in with celebrating the colours of autumn then take part in the Festival of Leaves 2019 hosted by Dawn Miller.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. beetleypete says:

    Lovely plump blackberries, Jude. I wanted to reach in and pick them!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Just cut mine down. But plenty in the hedgerows still.

  2. I e just been eating blackberries, raspberries and strawberries with my porridge. Great image, Jude. 😃

    1. Heyjude says:

      A few of our own blackberries have been eaten for breakfast. I’m not so keen on the seeds these days.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    One of my favorite treats as a kid, plucking them and eating them on the walk home from school.

    1. Heyjude says:

      And getting purple stains on your clothes!

  4. Those plump ripe ones look delicious!

  5. Su Leslie says:

    Yum. I love blackberries but haven’t been able to find any to forage for ages.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Plenty around here, but I read somewhere that you shouldn’t pick them after Michaelmas Day (29th September)

      1. Su Leslie says:

        That’s interesting! Here I worry about exhaust fumes and agricultural chemical spray. I obviously need ton”go bush” more.

  6. Mmmm, they look delicious. Do you pick them?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Only when walking in the lanes. I use our own for larger amounts, they are larger than these.

  7. Lignum Draco says:

    OK, this is an interesting image. Did you use a drawing app to convert a photo?

    1. Heyjude says:

      PS Elements and poster edge filter

  8. Clare says:

    I’m having a little giggle here remembering my escapades with thorny blackberries when Dean and I were in Tasmania 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They can be pretty vicious!

  9. I so badly want to pick and eat blackberries when I pass them on various walks (usually in training for Trailwalker) but they are considered a noxious weed here and are routinely sprayed so you can’t actually risk eating them. Yours look yummy and I’m so jealous you can pick them and eat them.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, no that doesn’t sound appetising. They are a blooming weed here too when they dangle down into my garden! But no spraying.

  10. BeckyB says:

    now I am in the mood for blackberry and apple crumble!

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