6.15.2010

Wild Raspberries - Ideas and Recipes


Look what I found!  Aren't they beautiful?  I didn't even realize until I looked at the photos that somebody else was also admiring the wild raspberries. 


Isn't he pretty? I'm assuming since this is a daddy long legs spider that he's a boy. I suppose it could be a mommy long legs but that just doesn't have the same ring somehow.

The plan is to pick a bucket full of these little lovelies (the berries not the spiders) on Friday. Anyone have any exciting ideas or recipes for wild raspberries?

26 comments:

  1. Oh, my favorite thing! I love to just eat them the way they are! We have to drive up north to Sedona to find fresh blackberries. There arn't any here in Phoenix. :-( Aren't you a lucky duck!
    If I do anything with them, it's simply eating them on top of sugar free white chocolate custard. Mmmmmm.

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  2. Hmmmm...wild recipes for wild raspberries...or are those boysenberries?

    Anyhow, try this quickie....Make some dark chocolate brownies, adding a tablespoon of instant coffee to the recipe. (I love the new Starbucks instant, as their micro-grind is so fine there's no grit to the bite!) Make the following topping to serve over warmed brownies, so have them at the ready for this.

    Rinse and dry your berries, about two cups if you have them, set aside. Take one cup of sugar and two cups of red wine, zinfandel or shiraz is best. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and cook until you have a thick syrup.

    Remove from heat, stir in the berries until coated. Spoon over warm brownies, and voila! Fresh whipped cream is stunning on this.

    And if you're really adventurous.....try this berry topping on slices of fresh brie with cashews!

    Bake it Fun!™ my friend!

    Chef Rocha

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  3. Those are blackberries! I pick them every year out in the fields behind my parent's house. They are so delicious! You should make a cobbler with them. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it is heaven.

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  4. These pictures are beautiful or course the spider knows everyone including the bugs will be interested in these speciments. Pick them before someone or something else does. Yummy !!!

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  5. A fellow Valpo resident here. I'm no expert, but those look like blackberries to me, not black raspberries. No matter, they are delicious nonetheless.

    We like to make granita with blackberries we pick from the woodland fringe at our local park, sometimes mixed with red raspberries from our yard. Make a simple syrup, add lemon juice and minced zest, then the strained juice of the berries. Freeze is a large shallow pan, scrape with fork frequently to form ice crystals.

    There are plenty of recipes on the web which you can adapt to the fruit of your choice, but blackberries & raspberries are our favs.

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  6. These look so beautiful!! I'm totally jealous :)
    You could obviously make two separate (or even one jam)? That's a pretty basic thing.
    Or you could make some sort of nice dessert, like a creme or mousse or cake, and make a really good sauce with these!! Yummm.

    Or I like to take fresh fruit and mix it with my vanilla yogurt in the morning. Or you could even mix then with yogurt and freeze the yogurt! Oh goodness. I think my mouth may be watering :)

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  7. i just made some juice from mulberries, which i plan to use for a delicious vodka cocktail. perhaps you could use the raspberries instead?

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  8. the berries looks yummy!! :) wonder what your going to make out of them? pies?? hehe

    jen

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  9. These are raspberries in my book. But it could be we are using different common names for the same plant.

    I picked black berries in Oregon and they had a milder, slightly sweeter flavor. These are pretty tart.

    Pino - A fellow Valparaisian and you don't leave me a whay to contact you? I haven't discovered the foodies around here yet. Where are you all hiding?

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  10. Great photos! Picking wild berries - it's such a sweet, sweet treat.

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  11. Anonymous6/16/2010

    I grew up in southern Indiana and we have the same raspberries. when I was a kid we used to put them in a bowl with a little milk and a tp of sugar and they were amazing! But they are fantastic alone as well

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  12. I grew up picking these outside my parents Virginia home. My hands down favorite way to eat them is simple. Wash and dry them. Put them in a large soup bowl, cover half way with half and half, sprinkle with a little sugar. Now lightly crush them to make a lovely purple shade of cream. Slurp and eat to your hearts content, not too bad with some homemade biscuits on the side to dip in the cream.

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  13. There's a recipe in the April issue of Food and Wine for Raspberry Clafoutis that looks really yummy. I assume you can find it on their web site too. It would work well if you can't get enough for canning (it takes 3 cups).

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  14. What a fun way to spend your Friday picking these delightful berries. If they are really good, I would just eat them plain or use it as a topping for oatmeal or plain yogurt.

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  15. Those are 100% blackberries. Raspberries (red and black) are very soft and fuzzy, whereas blackberries cannot be eaten when red and are much firmer with small seeds. Here is a photo comparison: http://www.thedailygreen.com/cm/thedailygreen/images/5J/raspberry-blackberry-lg.jpg

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  16. I'd suggest making jams or icecreams if you have a whole bunch; if its not too much, then how bout a blackberry crumble?

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  17. Wild berries are always such a treat. I can never resist eating them straight up with a bit of cream. And, if there are any leftover, these would also be great muddled in the bottom of a mint-berry mojito!

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  18. Oh, how juicy they look. Lol, at the spider! What about a wild raspberry pavlova roll? A bit sinfull but worth it ;) Awesome photos by the way!

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  19. Lovely photo, the berries look beautiful...The spider however makes me nervous:)

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  20. They are beautiful! When I find a patch, the berries never make it home.

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  21. Berry frozen yogurt. Haven't made that in a few years and not you have me thinking.

    Jason

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  22. We're picking on Friday--can't wait!

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  23. I have the same black rasberries in my yard, I also have blackberries, the vines are similar but the picking times are different the also black rasberries do not keep as long either, and in my case grow closer to the ground. Right now in the late spring it is black rasberry season, mid summer we will get blackberries here in Missouri.
    I was also looking for recipes and found a neat one for individual crisps you freeze and reheat as wanted :)

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