Blackberries and Mirabelles

It was about a month ago that I picked the first Blackberry of the year. On the way back home from a little walk to the local Sunday market I noticed the berries were just getting ripe. It means that one year has passed since I had missed all the possibilities to pick Blackberries last summer and I did not want to miss the chance this time again. So, my Blackberry picking time started!

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I have picked Blackberries twice so far this summer. Since then the weather became very rainy in London and I haven’t had a chance to do the third one yet. Apart from eating them fresh as a dessert with some other fruits and yogurt I made Frozen Yogurt and Sourdough Bread with them and also added Blackberries to anything I bake.

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Blackberry Muffin

The desserts I baked were Muffins, my favourite Magic Cake, ‘Blackberry and White Chocolate Cake’, Gluten/Wheat free ‘Okara Chocolate Cake’. Some of these sweets need improvement but I am hoping to post the recipes of those here soon.

I took some photos of Blackberry since it flowered in spring and recent fruit picking time. The flowers are quite pretty pink. For the people who haven’t seen how Blackberries ripen I added some photos here.

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Pretty Blackberry flowers

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Green Fuits are emerging after flower’s gone

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Fruits changing colour from green to red and then black

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When you gently pull the fruit from the branch and if it comes out into your hand without any force, it is ripe and ready to pick!

I really hope some good ones are still out there. If it would not rain much this week I will go picking.

 

Apart from lots of Blackberries, I managed to have some other fruits from nearby woodland. Do you know what they are?

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They are all different kinds of plums. The most interesting one is the bottom one in yellow. They are very small, cherry sized, but tastes exactly like a plum.

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This fruit is called Mirabelle. I heard that French or some people in the continent like them a lot but I have never had it before. It was so sweet and juicy and could just to pop them into your mouth to eat fresh. Although they seem good for making jam, I did not make any nor baked into any sweet, yet.

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4 thoughts on “Blackberries and Mirabelles

  1. Mirabelles and their slightly larger, greenish sisters – Reines Claudes or Greengages – are very common over here, and now that they’re in season, we’re eating through mountains of them 🙂 Some of my distant relatives lived in a small town just across the French border that was surrounded by vast Mirabelle orchards and we all went there to “help” with the harvest. “Help”, seeing as I was a small child back then, of course meant: sitting in a tree and eating the fresh fruit~ Good times!

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    • Ha ha, “Help” sounds like the most suitable expression then :D. I can imagine the clusters of ripe fruits on each branches! It must be one of the happy memories of yours.

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