We have black raspberries growing all along the fence in the garden.  I’m sure that they were planted there many many years ago.  I’m also sure that no one has taken care of them, ever. DSCN0579 They are one big jumbled mess.  One big prickly, thorny, sharp, knife like daggers, pick at your own risk jumbled mess.

DSCN0577The jumbled mess

But I was on a mission and that mission was to pick enough of these beautiful babies to make something yummy.  So out I went, cup in hand, visions of those beauties baked into a pie, camera around my neck and a “How hard can this be” attitude.


Don’t let this picture fool you.  They are Killers!!

Well I am here to tell you folks…. It is damn hard!!  You will be taking your life into your own hands.  Picking these deadly delicious little berries is not for the faint of heart.  First of all they are loaded with sharp thorns that will grab you and tear the skin from your body.

DSCN0574 These are serious people!

Secondly they are always located in a hard to reach area that has you climbing on rocks and stomping through tall grass that most likely has spiders and snakes hidden in it.  Thirdly there is the poison ivy factor.  “Leaves of three let them be” kept running through my mind along with “Please don’t let that be a snake” and “I hope I won’t need stitches”!!


Yes.  I risked my life climbing through this mess.

Was it worth it?  You betcha!  One taste of all that sweet goodness and I would have waded through shark infested waters for some.  I think one of next years spring projects will be cleaning up the black raspberry patch. With my gloves on!!

Black Raspberry Trivia

  • They have less sugar and more fiber then other berries
  • Good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Low in calories and fat free
  • Many potential health benefits such as the reduction of some cancerous tumors, lowers cholesterol, eases stomach pain and has anti-aging properties
  • Can be used to make pies, cobblers, jam, syrup, vinegarette, wine and a whole lot of other yummies!
  • Also known as Blackcaps



6 thoughts on ““Blackcaps”

  1. You are a tough cookie! That was hilarious though, glad you were rewarded. And thanks for the great info., what are you making with them?

  2. Too funny! Yes they are a nightmare and the pickins are slim with the birds always beating me to the berries, but they are so good! Did you get enough to make a pie or muffins at least?

  3. I remember picking these as a kid- way up behind your old neighborhood before they built the houses there – off cook hill. And yes they were thorny rascals!!

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