[NAFEX] Blueberries vs. Blackberries

Betty Mayfield bmayfield at opusnet.com
Fri Aug 8 15:18:29 EDT 2008

I have never bought either blackberries or blueberries in a store, 
but I grow my own blackberries and have U-picked blueberries.

The commercial blueberries grown in farms are sweet, but have little 
or none of the flavor of the wild berries I have eaten in the Cascade 
Range on hiking trips.

I raise Cascade blackberries, a trailing type that has the wonderful 
rich flavor of the little wild trailing blackberries of the Pacific 
Northwest. It is thorny, but I wear a heavy leather glove on my left 
hand to push away canes and pick with my bare right hand. The berries 
are too juicy and delicate to pick with gloves.  They have to be 
picked at the moment of ripeness. Sometimes I have left ripe ones 
till the next day and found those berries turned moldy overnight.

I don't know if these trailing berries would grow in other parts of 
the country.

Betty Mayfield
northwest Oregon

At 11:21 AM 8/8/2008, Bill wrote:

> > Why isn't there more blackberry hype?
>Well, Mark, I ended up buying blackberries once in the grocery store.
>They were just like little lemons! I don't mean that they were just a
>little sour. As far as I could tell, that was the ONLY taste. I sure
>couldn't get excited about blackberries from that experience!
>Now, I understand that store-bought fruit is usually lousy, but I love
>the blueberries I buy. I'm sure tempted to try to grow my own. But I
>haven't been at all tempted to try blackberries (not sure if they'll
>grow here, anyway).
>Maybe too many other people have had experiences like that.
>Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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