The Art of Blackberry Picking

Blackberries are a fantastic berry for September.  They are full of vitamin C and anti-oxidants.  If you forage for them they are also free.  If you have never gone blackberrying with your children before here are a couple of pointers to make the experience all the more enjoyable.  If, like my family, you are seasoned blackberry pickers then you are bound to recognise our notes below.


Picking Blackberries with kids

  • Never wear white or cream coloured clothes.  Your arms and legs will always find those overripe blackberries just waiting to spurt their indelible juices all over you.
  • Never go barelegged (especially no shorts for the children)  If it is not the prickles that find those bare patches of skin, then the every present stinging nettles will.
  • Acquire at stick.  Useful for knocking away any brambles and stinging nettles.  They are even more useful to pull down those more heavily ladened branches.  The largest, juiciest and ripest blackberries are always just out of reach of the tallest member of the picking party.
  • The jury is out on whether blackberries on the roadside are polluted. They may have some chemicals on them, but perhaps no more than hose which are commercially grown.   Many people suggest only picking those up high on a roadside because of dog pee.
  • Take a container with a lid and use the lid.  Once you place that unlidded container on the ground someone is bound to step onto it, spilling all those hard picked blackberries.
  • Tear up all the above rules.  Get stained, prickled and stung, but most of all have fun making precious family memories.


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7 Responses to The Art of Blackberry Picking

  1. Elaine Livingstone September 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    I think the last rule is probably the best one. Then you have to turn them into yummy cakes and puddings

    • Lynda September 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

      Couldn’t agree with you more. This was the comment I received on facebook ‘Then, once finished, get your mother in law to make blackberry crumble, blackberry cobbler etc etc. yum!’

  2. Karen September 6, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    Loved blackberrying as a kid – coming home in stained clothes with scratches on our arms was all part of the experience! Saw a nice recipe for a “bramble brandy” a couple of weeks ago so may have a little forage soon…

  3. Coombemill September 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    I love your tips! We have been blackberry picking with the children staying with us at Coombe Mill and went through a similar list of dos and don’ts with them all as many had never been blackberry picking before. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  4. Kim Carberry September 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    What a fab post and great tips! I especially like the last one….hehehe x

  5. Heledd September 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Great tips there! My personal favourite thing to do with Blackberries is to warm them up in the microwave for 60sec and then pour over vanilla ice cream. Yum!!



  6. Adventure Togs September 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Brilliant tips, especially the last one :)