One of my favorite experiences of northwest summertime is a stormy rainy day, followed by a beautiful, warm sunny day and the irresistibly primal urge that rises up and chases me out of the house. I just can’t stay inside! The grey day out of nowhere is like a reminder that life is short and our Seattle summer is even shorter. There is Vitamin D to soak up, warm grass to lay upon… plus it’s late August which means blackberries are in peak season!
Usually when the sunshine beckons I take the dogs for a walk or hop on my bicycle, today I grabbed a bucket. In the neighborhood in North Seattle where I used to live there is a large park with massive blackberry brambles lining the parameter. More berries than you could ever hope to pick. I spent about 2 hours plucking. 3 for the bucket, 1 for my belly, ending up with a solid 8 cups of plump juicy berries.
Along with the beauty and allure, not to mention their succulent deliciousness, blackberries are a true superfood. As with other kinds of bush berries, blackberries too are packed with numerous plant nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and dietary fibers that are essential for optimum health. Their deep purple skins are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and they are an excellent source of Vitamin C Further, blackberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Copper is required in the bone metabolism as well as in production of white and red blood cells.
It’s a great time to celebrate these wild berries and find a spot to forage. While I have great ambitions of taking these gems and making a delicious pie or perhaps some gluten free muffins, who am I kidding? Really. Many more will be gone before I get home and it’s unlikely the rest will not last until the end of the day. Looks like I’ll have to come back tomorrow!