[NAFEX] flavorful blackberries?

Caren Kirk quirky at videotron.ca
Tue Nov 30 08:52:20 EST 2010


Coming from England where we have these great, flavourful albeit 
somewhat tart blackberries growing along side most country roads, ready 
to be picked by any passerby, I have high expectations for blackberry 
flavour. I find the mexican-grown blackberries that are sold up here in 
supermarkets insipid. To my knowledge no one is commercially growing 
them up here in Quebec (too risky climate-wise). However I have to say I 
was extremely pleased with the flavour of my home-grown fruits this 
year, perhaps not the best I've ever tasted but a helluva lot better 
than the supermarket stuff. I would have loved to have made a pie with 
them, but between me, my husband and the kids, hardly any of them even 
made it as far as the kitchen without being gobbled up!

I do appreciate my raspberries (hence my idea about pulling up the 
blackberries to make more room) but after this summer's harvest of 
blackberries I am glad they were tenacious enough to grow back!

Hoping you get to taste the blackberry that will change your mind,

Caren Kirk
St. Jerome, QC

On 11/29/2010 10:53 PM, Melissa Kacalanos wrote:
> On the subject of blackberries, are there any really flavorful, aromatic ones that are hardy in zone 5? All the blackberries I've tried have ranged from pretty good to very sour yet flavorless, unlike raspberries, which range from very good to exquisitely aromatic. Am I missing something here? Why would anyone grow blackberries when they could grow raspberries instead?
> Melissa
> zone 5, central NY, where the squirrels are still feasting on my green strawberries.
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