Right now blackberries are growing ripe and rampant in the weedy places. Their sweetness is juxtaposed with hooked thorns; no joy is without it’s price.
Blackberries, uninvited and wild, clutter roadsides and side lots with their messy, unapologetic sprawl, and they are free for the picking. Wear pants, so you can wade deep into the thicket. Brave a scratched arm, for just one more perfect berry, just out of reach. The hot summer sun is beaming down all around. This is what summers are made of.
In the deeps of winter, pull a jar from the shelf. Bright summer light, transfigured to a jar of blackest berry jam, starred with seeds like summer stars.
Please be sure of your identification and do not forage for wild foods unless you are an expert at plant identification.
If you are not familiar with the water bath canning method watch our water bath canning video workshop. Always make sure you are following all safety guidelines outlined by the USDA when canning anything
Makes 5 1/2 pint jars
Check out our Video Workshop: Learn all About Water Bath Canning and our article Finding your Perfect Jam Setting Time.
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