Black Berries

04 May


It won’t be long. In June the berries will be ripe, the days will be hot, and there we will be with hats, bug spray, and long sleeve shirts picking berries filling plastic tubs until we bleed to death. Well not quite. But our hands will be stained with purple juice, have cuts and splinters from the thorns, suffering from chigger and mosquito bites.

Somebody should be making icecream during this time. That’s how it is supposed to be but people around here like Blue Bell ice cream. I don’t care how you crack the whip, homemade vanilla ice cream is the best. And it is especially yummy with fresh picked fruit arranged with it in a chilled bowl while sitting on the porch in the swing as the day becomes eve.

We have a huge thicket of a black berry bush in the pasture. Up close to the house on the fence line are two varieties of black berries and I am not even sure if black berry is the correct name for such. It doesn’t matter. They are delicious. We pick them, freeze them, boil them, make jelly out of them, serve them fresh with ice cream, and simply eat them right out of the bowl.


Posted by on May 4, 2009 in Photography, Texas


4 responses to “Black Berries

  1. kate

    May 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    We don’t have those here in Alberta. Only in BC. I miss them.

  2. wildstorm

    May 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks Kate.

  3. Preston Surface

    May 6, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I remember as a young boy in North Carolina, picking blackberries in someone’s field and eating them until I got sick. Of course there were some plum trees nearby as well. Not sure if it were the plums or berries that got me sick. Anyways, I love blackberries especially in cobbler with ice cream on top. My mother would make blackberry cobbler with sugar sprinkled on top and I ate so much of the cobbler I got sick as well. Least if your gonna’ get sick, might as well do it with all the gusto you have.

  4. wildstorm

    May 7, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Oh goodness, it must have been those plums. We’ve got wild plums too and can sympathize. And you are right, enjoy every bit of it you can even if it does make you sick!! Life is short, and so is the springtime.


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