Blackberries

Blackberries

Jam, pie, tea, and preserves: most people have noshed on some form of this summer fruit before. But did you know the blackberry, botanically speaking, is not actually a berry? It is technically an “aggregate fruit,” which means it forms from one flower, but is made up of multiple smaller fruits called drupes.

While blackberries are most often cooked as part of a dessert, they can also be used to make wine. Bees like the nectar of the flowers, and they make great honey. Blackberries are also nutritional powerhouses that rank high among antioxidant-rich fruits. Although their seeds can get stuck in your teeth, try not to spit them out. They contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

In Season

May, June, July, August, September, October

Recipes with Blackberries

Summer Fruit Cobbler

Anna Derivi-Castellanos, Three Babes Bakeshop

Heirloom Tomato, White Nectarine, and Mozzarella Salad with Blackberries and Sweet Basil

Charlie Vollmar, Epicurean Exchange

Roasted Quail with Dandelion and Red Mustard Greens Salad and Boysenberry Game Jus

Dmitry Elperin, The Village Pub

Double Berry Shortcake with Honey Cream

Stephanie Rosenbaum, author of The Astrology Cookbook: A Cosmic Guide to Feasts of Love (Manic D Press, 2009).

Articles about Blackberries

September 30, 2011

Virtual Tour of Swanton Berry Farm

Take a virtual tour of Swanton Berry Farm, where the berries are union-grown, organic, and delicious.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »