I picked a handful of blackberries on an evening walk earlier in the week. It seems to me they're rather early this year. I always think of September as the month to raid the bramble patches, but in fact checking my foraging books out of curiosity, they're appearing right on cue.
I've just bought a new foraging book - another in the River Cottage Handbook series. Simply titled 'Hedgerow' and written by John Wright (who also wrote Edible Seashore), it's full of information, tips, clear photographs, and recipes.
I really enjoy foraging - the more plants I learn to identify, the more I want to be outside making the most of all nature has to offer. Doesn't this photograph inspire you?
How do you like to eat your blackberries? I'll be making some bramble jelly, and I'm sure once the weather has cooled a little, a blackberry and apple crumble (or two...).