To those of you in my home country of the good old USA, Happy Independence Day or Fourth of July!!! For those of you not in the USA, happy berry picking! We were out early this morning, loaded up with bug spray, to pick wild black raspberries. Yum!!! These berries grow wild on our land, and we are very fortunate to have a bountiful harvest this year.
I have yet to be able to find wild black raspberries in stores. They sell blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, but no wild black raspberries. So, therefore, if they are required for your eating or baking pleasure, you will need to brave the mosquitoes and prickly thorns to gain the prize of beautiful, black, flavorful berries. There is no other taste like it. They are the perfect complement of sweet, sour, and a burst of flavor; the ultimate flavor of Summer.
So, as far as recipes go, here are some options:
Eaten over ice cream
Eaten as jam
Cooked and strained to add to cocktails or mocktails (think juice with Sprite or lemon vodka!)
I’m not sure we’ll get to eat any of those besides the plain ones! They are very popular here and even better, they’re free!!!!!!! Have a Happy Fourth!!!