We have a problem with invasive Himalayan blackberries in my area. They are awful, aggressive beastly creatures with giant thorns as big as lion claws. But for a small part of the year, the invasive bramble bushes lay out heavy loads of fat, juicy berries. For a few sweet weeks, the hacking, weed-wacker, stickerbush, bleeding scratchy battle pauses, and you can make jam.

Some dear friends visited this weekend, and we wandered around the neighborhood and collected a gallon of fat, juicy blackberries. Some of them were so ripe they exploded in your hand before they ever touched the bucket. We’re lucky to live in a neighborhood with so many feral, wild pockets unregulated by human concerns.

We brought our treasure home, and mixed it with an ungodly amount of sugar. Following a recipe from this book, we boiled it. The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is one of the most important books in our kitchen now. And, honestly, I over-boiled the jam and it made a giant mess on the stove. Jen licked it up and declared it “Delicious!”



Filed under family, food, summer

8 responses to “Jammin

  1. Your Mother (-in-law)

    I licked up every last scrap.

  2. Hillary

    That’s a pretty name for a pretty mean-sounding plant. Our worst ones are bindweed and puncture vine, which do exactly what their names imply. I wish they made me some berries, instead of just making me mad!

    • jess s

      but bindweed looks like morning glories (closely related if not the same, right?) and they are an important nectar flow plant for honeybees during the fall dearth. we have bindweed here too.

      i don’t know anything about the puncture vine, but i’m sure i could find something positive. i hate the invasives as much or more, but i’m trying to be more “glass half full” while i battle them.

      english ivy, however, i have absolutely nothing redeeming to say about. disgusting, horrible, awful plant.

  3. This very much reminds me of ‘Still Life with Woodpecker’

  4. Pingback: Summer progresses: blackberries, bees & honey | krista and jess

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