This has been a hot week in Kansas — a week where we have tried to stay inside to avoid the near 100° temperatures. But, those berries just kept ripening and eventually, I had to venture out to pick them. My intention was to get out and pick them very early, but by the time I got up, dressed and had my coffee, it was already 81°. I mentioned on my “Berry Calendar” that I thought they would last until Labor Day and I think they will, though the remaining berries on the top of the bushes are dried up. The lower part of the plants benefit from partial shading and haven’t been sunburned and weathered as much.
On this hot August day, my recommended Blackberry “Recipe” for today goes like this: Pick, Wash, Eat! Blackberries are most flavorful still warm from picking, but refrigerate or freeze any that you aren’t going to use within a couple of hours. If you want to get fancy, you could add a little whipped cream and — voilá, a fresh fruit dessert at its peak of flavor.