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Little Wild Blackberries

2017-12-08 10:12:32
by:Barbara Bennett Parsons We need to talk. It has come to my attention that there are human beings living in Grays Harbor who are woefully uninformed about the various types of Blackberries that grow here. I’m not pointing fingers, nor assigning blame. This is a situation can be easily remedied, and I am here to help. Little Wild Blackberry Season begins this weekend. In order to assimilate as a true citizen of the Pacific Northwest, one simply must be properly educated about Blackberries. Otherwise you risk looks of scorn and pity when you show up at a potluck bearing a cobbler made with, gasp, Himalayan Blackberries. So here is the lowdown on Blackberries. Number one berry and the only Blackberry ever to be used in baking pies, cobblers, and jam- the coveted Little Wild Blackberry. How does one identify this particular species? Well, first of all, it is ‘little’. This is not your common hedge variety ginormous blackberry that any casual picker can easily find in late summer. No sirree, this little berry is wily, elusive, and cunning. The LWB is usually ripening in late June or early July, but this year the weather gods have not been kind, so the season is late. Unlike the large Himalayan and Evergreen blackberries, the LWB must have cross pollination in order to bear fruit. Last year our Spring was so cold and wet that the bees stay huddled in the warmth of their hives when the LWB blossoms were out.