then these little guys did their important work and lo and behold, we have blackberries:
i just found them today! i haven't even made anything with them yet, because they are incredibly good just eaten on their own.
i have time, though - many more blackberries are coming. they seem to be trying to make things easier for me by not all ripening at once.
i don't have a clue how many berries there are out there - thousands upon thousands, for sure. the bushes cover our back fence and then some and are making inroads along the side fence as well. one vine was tap-tap-tapping on the window earlier, wanting me to let it in. i declined. those things are pointy.
after we harvest the berries, i will have to cut the vines back, lest we wake up and find ourselves locked away like sleeping beauty in a forest of briars and brambles. if i cut them now, though, how we will enjoy all of the cobblers, pies, crumbles, crisps, buckles, slumps, jams, etc., that i have planned for these darlings? now to convince someone with a ladder to come and help harvest them...
so yeah, no recipe today, but here are some links to other people who have made good use of blackberries: