I pulled my cherries out of the freezer the other night, and got out my new cherry pitter. I pitted the fruit until I had a full quart of pitted cherries and then I tossed in a small handful of raspberries I had picked that same night. I was going to include a number of blackberries, but my wife ate them while I pitted the cherries. 😀
I ended up water-bath processing 7 four-ounce jars, 1 half-pint jar (shown in the photo), and two jars that went straight to the refrigerator. It’s delicious jam!
I was well over 30 years old before I learned the real difference between Blackberries and Raspberries. (Hint: It’s not color.) Before learning how to tell, the names didn’t mean anything to me, and it didn’t help that you can find both of these berries available in varieties other than their traditional colors.
A pair of blackberries, one with it’s stem attached, one with it’s stem removed. Blackberries break cleanly from the plant and do not leave behind a “rasp”. What’s a rasp? Keep scrolling…
A pair of raspberries, one with it’s stem still attached, one with it’s stem removed. Look closely and you will see that the raspberry appears to be hollow inside…at least much more hollow that the blackberry above.
A raspberry next to it’s stem and rasp. The part of the berry that was inside the fruit, but stays on the plant when the berry is picked, is called the rasp.
So now, with just a quick look, you will know whether you are eating raspberries or not, whether the fruit is black, purple, golden, red or even green or white.
Raspberries are–easily–my favorite berry. I cannot get enough of these. I’m a bit too lazy (and a bit too much AT WORK) to frequent the farmer’s markets at the best times to buy the choicest produce, so whenever I find any raspberries at all, it’s the last sorry-looking quart the farmer has for sale and they are half-way to juice already. Maybe I’m just too picky…I know they would still make fine jam.
There’s just nothing like a perfect raspberry, picked and eaten right outside by the plant.
But, I have a plan. The other day while hiking at an undisclosed public location, we hiked through what was at least a full acre of raspberries in flower. They were a week or so behind mine. I FULLY intend to revisit that location, with a backpack full of containers. Guerilla harvesting? Maybe. I’ll keep you posted.
I have been neglecting my seed starting room! I need to get this jungle tamed soon and then start some more things!
Meanwhile, the weather man is forecasting a low of 37 [edit: 35!] with possible frost tonight! I guess I’ll be covering as many flowers (strawberry, cherry, apple, berries) as I can with old sheets and blankets.
This post is just a personal reminder of things I’d like to start growing in the yard but probably won’t get around to this year. I’m sure I’ll edit it whenever I think of something else.
- Cherry Trees
- Big Onions
- Red Onions
- All the herbs in a great salsa recipe
So what AM I planning on trying to grow this year? I say TRYING because I have no idea what will grow for me in my partially shaded back yard.
At this point I have seeds or seedlings for:
- Tomatoes (Rutgers, Super Marmande, Cold Set and Gardener’s Delight)
- Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Iceberg and Butter Crunch lettuce
- Sugar Snap Snow Peas
- Jalapeño and Green/Red Bell peppers
- Sugar Baby and Charleston Gray Watermelons
- Jackolantern and mini pumpkins
- Carrots and Radishes
- Pole and Bush style green beans
- Zuchini and Cucumbers
- Green onions