[NAFEX] Blackberries in Nebraska

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Mon Aug 11 22:36:14 EDT 2008

Bill, I won't try to talk you into blackberries, since you're at a stage
that planting one thing means giving up something else (we all reach that
phase at some point).  But I will confirm your supermarket experience with
blackberries probably doesn't compare with home grown blackberries.  Picked
full ripe blackberries can be as sweet, as fresh home grown peaches.  Maybe
you just don't like blackberry flavor.  But if you like blackberry jelly/jam
you would probably be fond of fresh blackberries.  I think you mentioned you
grow black raspberries.  Blackberries are MUCH sweeter than black
raspberries.  I don't want to step on anyone's toes, but I don't like black
raspberries.  I've tried wild blackcaps and domesticated blackcaps, and like
neither.  To me, black raspberries taste as if they have a hint of hard
boiled egg.  However, my daughter prefers blackcaps to blackberries.  I
don't understand this, but neither can I understand how my wife and son like
pickled artichokes.  Each to his own.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William C. Garthright" <billg at inebraska.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Blackberries in Nebraska

> >     In my travels around Tilden, Nebraska, I seen 9' marijuana in the
ditches so I'd be surprised if some ditches didn't have blackberries too.
Blackberries thrive on less water than your marijuana.
> >
> I don't have too much experience growing marijuana, Jim, but I thought
> the problem would be winter temperatures (and lack of snow cover), not
> moisture. After all, I need to irrigate most of the plants I grow, at
> least to some extent.
> But the bigger problem, I guess, is that I've never eaten a good
> blackberry. As I said, the ones I've bought were like little lemons. And
> considering that I'm rapidly running out of room to plant anything new,
> I haven't been inclined to make room for blackberries.
> But I've certainly heard other people rave about them (and maybe they
> wouldn't be as bad as clove currants - heh, heh).
> Thanks,
> Bill
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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