10 Ways to Use Wild Blackberries
With Britain’s hedgerows now bursting with wild blackberries, lots of us have been out and about filling tubs and colanders with this juicy, versatile fruit. One of the easiest ways of enjoying foraging with kids, it’s a great – and free! – summer holiday activity.
What isn’t eaten directly from the bush can be brought home to make into a whole array of delicious dishes and drinks. If you don’t use the fruits right away, store them, unwashed, on sheets of kitchen paper in the fridge to avoid crushing.
We’ve shared our favourite recipes with you – most of them easy enough to make with kids, or even to let the kids create themselves with a little supervision. And if you’re heading for our Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire, don’t miss our home-made blackberry gin using own-grown fruits!
• Blackberry and apple crumble. See our blog on making the most of home-grown blackberries in a classic recipe shared by Stefano Nati, chef at our New Park Manor hotel in the New Forest in Hampshire.
• Skye Gyngell’s blackberry, honey and polenta cake.
• Nigel Slater’s fig and blackberry pies.
• Richard Bainbridge’s blackberry tea cakes.
• Blackberry muffins.
• Blackberry lollies.
• Blackberry ice cream.
• Pan-fried venison with blackberry sauce.
• Berry Bramble cocktail.
• Blackberry lemonade.
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Home-grown fruit at Woolley Grange Hotel.