We are blessed in this part of Scotland to have a profusion of wild blackberries or brambles in our hedgerows and woodlands – they thrive in poor soil and along our country lanes and have a depth of flavour rarely matched by cultivated types.
Our advice is, do as we do at Knockderry Country House and take a small pot and a good sturdy stick to push past the prickly stems and search out brambles near you. If you have to buy then try a farmers’ market and select those that are neither too firm nor too squishy. We suggest you rely on your sense of smell to help you guage what is the perfect fruit.
A well stored bramble can be kept for a couple of days in a cool dry place, but they also freeze well so try to get a few bags in the freezer to combine with autumn apples in puddings later in the year. Brambles are best enjoyed with a little sugar and a lot of cream, but there are a variety of ways for us to make the most out of these tasty berries from a version of a late summer pudding to a fabulous addition in a cold Martini on a balmy evening.
The boys from the Knockderry kitchen will be out scouring the hedgerows and showcasing this fruit throughout the month of August so have a look at our website for our current seasonal menu or come and try our Tasting Menu which is available from Tuesday – Saturday every week.