Thursday, June 11, 2009

Berry Dumplings

This week we found the first ripe black raspberries. Thus begins the berry season here! Berries grow wild all over the place here. We didn't plant them. I don't tend them. We just simply enjoy the fruit that they produce. Maybe that is why I love them so much.

Our season starts with black raspberries (pictured on the right.) Soon there will be red raspberries (on the left) and by the first week of July we should be in full berry season when the blackberries are at their peak.

In this family, we all have our opinion about which berry is the best, but in recipes they really are interchangeable. They can also be mixed. We make jams, cobblers, a drink called shrub, vinegar, syrup, and pies. Of course many berries are simply consumed fresh, some are sold, and some are frozen for later use.

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy berries. Below is a recipe for Blackberry Dumplings. You can also use raspberries.

Blackberry Dumplings

A quick way to enjoy berries.

See Blackberry Dumplings on Key Ingredient.


  1. Yum, I ate blackberries last year for the first time and they were divine! Have you ever heard of a huckleberry? They too are a berry fit for royalty.

  2. Sounds wonderful, what time do I come over?

  3. Hi! Just out of curiosity, can you substitute frozen berries? Here in NY our berries aren't out yet, but I have some frozen from last year and this sounds delicious!

  4. I've never made this particular recipe from frozen berries, but generally frozen work just as well as fresh. The only difference is it may be a little more juicy, but in a recipe like this that is not a problem.

  5. Ooooh I LOVE berry season! We almost planted blackberries this year - I'm wishing we had! The dumplings sound wonderful!

    Reminds me of a time in high school we visited friends in Oregon and picked blackberries all day - we ate blackberry cobbler, jam, sauce, and fresh berries for days. It was heavenly!



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