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Jul 21, 2009 09:50 AM

Wild blackberries?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post this question in - but here goes.
I'm currently living in France and have noticed that the forest around our village has all sorts of blackberry bushes. I'd love to go pick some and make a nice tart or something, but I"m a little hesitant about picking wild berries.

They look just like normal blackberries - like raspberries, but black - and I can't find any info on the Internet about anything that looks similar being poisonous -- but do you know of anything? Is this a good idea?

Secondly, then, does anyone have an idea for a simple summer blackberry dish?

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  1. In Oregon blackberries are all over the place. They are great in jam, pies, on ice cream, use in scones, etc.

      1. Cobblers, crumbles, pies, muffins, quick jams, sauces, ...

        1. We are in London and picked our first wild blackberry harvest yesterday evening. I returned today to nibble on some more. I made chocolate and blackberry muffins and also a black berry cloufouti last night. Must remember to eat remainders tomorrow.

          1. Blackberries are wild in Northern Cal too. Grow on my father in law's property. If you can pick enough to use in a dessert, use in anything that you use raspberries in.

            I love the idea of roast duck with a blackberry sauce.