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 Tell me about dewberries and blackberries....
machinisttx  [Team Member]
5/27/2010 4:57:38 PM
Apparently the neighbor has an overabundance of both. Thinking about going down and picking a bucket or two, but I've never(that I remember anyway) ate either, even though we've always had wild blackberries around here.
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Partisan  [Member]
5/27/2010 6:38:52 PM
I have never heard of a dewberry. Must be a Texas thing. Blackberry's are God's gift to us because he really likes us. Pick only the ones that are all black. If you can see red they will be sour. You can freeze them or make jam. Blackberry cobbler is real good. Go pick and let us know.
odontia32m  [Team Member]
5/27/2010 8:19:44 PM
Dewberries look like a giant lived next to a nuke plant black berry. IIRC form my Ok and TX yute
Skunkum  [Team Member]
5/27/2010 8:22:51 PM
Blackberries are a summer favorite around here. Blackberry cobbler served hot with homemade vanilla ice cream is the best! Blackberry ice cream is a close second and is a delicacy seldom made. Blackberry jelly is a must-have. If you can't use the berries while they are fresh, rinse, drain, and freeze them in quart ziplock bags. One objection some people have with eating them is the seeds. You can use a jelly sieve to squish the berries into a pulp and extract the juice.

We have both dewberries and blackberries growing wild around here. The dewberries are ripening right now, while the blackberries are usually not ready until the end of June-first of July. Dewberries are more of a vine and grow close to the ground while blackberries usually grow upright on "canes". The thorns on blackberries are usually rose-like. The thorns on dewberries are smaller, thinner, and closer together.

Expect to get lots of chigger bites and probably lots of those teensy seed ticks when picking wild berries. A couple of bites are enough to make me miserable for a week. If the berries you are picking are cultivated you are probably safe from them (maybe).
darkgun  [Member]
5/27/2010 10:20:50 PM
There is nothing on this Earth that compares to fresh homemade hot blackberry cobbler and vanila icecream!!!
machinisttx  [Team Member]
5/27/2010 10:37:52 PM
These are all wild, not cultivated. I have some 100% deet spray, and I need to run by the feed store to pick up more Viper for the garden so I can pick up some sulfur while I'm there. Yeah, BTDT with the chiggers.
Melvinator2k0  [Team Member]
5/27/2010 10:40:08 PM
I don't think I could ever have enough black berries. They are, by far, my favorite fruit. I planted about 5 plants on my parents property in hopes they will produce tons of them.
FordGuy  [Team Member]
5/28/2010 8:33:34 AM
Originally Posted By Partisan:
I have never heard of a dewberry. Must be a Texas thing. Blackberry's are God's gift to us because he really likes us. Pick only the ones that are all black. If you can see red they will be sour. You can freeze them or make jam. Blackberry cobbler is real good. Go pick and let us know.


this comes up every now and then. dewberries are just trailing blackberries, as opposed to upright blackberries. you probably have them but don't recognize them.

jbm555  [Team Member]
5/28/2010 2:41:37 PM
Originally Posted By Partisan:
I have never heard of a dewberry. Must be a Texas thing. Blackberry's are God's gift to us because he really likes us. Pick only the ones that are all black. If you can see red they will be sour. You can freeze them or make jam. Blackberry cobbler is real good. Go pick and let us know.


If you're going to use them to make jam go ahead and pick some of the not quite ripe ones also.

1. They have more pectin in them and will help your jam be firmer
2. You have to add sugar to make jam anyway. You won't notice the sour ones.

I use a Foley food mill to run my berrys through before making jam. It doesn't get all of the seeds but it gets about 95%. Close enough for me.
billyhill  [Team Member]
5/28/2010 11:51:52 PM
Skunkum and Darkgun pretty much summed it up. Dewberrys are probably past prime here already, blackberry vines are ready yet. Good stuff!
338winmag  [Team Member]
5/30/2010 10:25:14 AM
We have blackberries and dewberries here. The dewberries are over for this year. They ripen before the blackberries. Usually, in years when you get some rain, unlike this year, dewberries are larger than blackberries. Blackberry season is about to kick off for this year. I believe I will begin picking later on this week. I like to keep at least 4 gallons of them in the freezer. Both of them are an excellent additive to wheat beer.
MTNmyMag  [Team Member]
5/30/2010 11:54:04 AM
Originally Posted By Skunkum:
Blackberries are a summer favorite around here. Blackberry cobbler served hot with homemade vanilla ice cream is the best! Blackberry ice cream is a close second and is a delicacy seldom made. Blackberry jelly is a must-have. If you can't use the berries while they are fresh, rinse, drain, and freeze them in quart ziplock bags. One objection some people have with eating them is the seeds. You can use a jelly sieve to squish the berries into a pulp and extract the juice.

We have both dewberries and blackberries growing wild around here. The dewberries are ripening right now, while the blackberries are usually not ready until the end of June-first of July. Dewberries are more of a vine and grow close to the ground while blackberries usually grow upright on "canes". The thorns on blackberries are usually rose-like. The thorns on dewberries are smaller, thinner, and closer together.

Expect to get lots of chigger bites and probably lots of those teensy seed ticks when picking wild berries. A couple of bites are enough to make me miserable for a week. If the berries you are picking are cultivated you are probably safe from them (maybe).


This they look and taste exactly the same ( to me anyway) You are not a true American if you have not had BlackBerry Cobbler with a scoop of homemade vanilla icecream on it.
ceadmin  [Team Member]
5/30/2010 4:56:28 PM
Blackberry wine rocks!
Lawyerman  [Member]
6/5/2010 9:07:45 PM
Blackberries are my favorite! We have wild ones growing here and I put up blackberry jam every year. That is good stuff!
CheeseSandwich  [Member]
6/5/2010 11:55:50 PM
Just a tip but soaking the blackberries in warm salt water will cause any grubs to in the blackberries to come out. It's rare to see one but it always makes me feel a little better about things.
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