show and tell: sunday summer berries

This time last year, I shared pictures of our summer berry harvest for show and tell. Our wild blackberry bushes fruit like crazy during these last weeks of summer. It makes all those unruly brambles and thorns worthwhile.

Berry time is a wonderful time of year around here, because it means… pancakes!

On Sunday morning, I head out back with a bowl and begin harvesting. It reminds me of picking berries as a kid, when we’d walk around the neighborhood and stuff our faces until the bowl was nearly empty and our fingers were purple and I felt sick.

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The fullest fattest berries plump with juice are the sweetest. I try to pick only the ripest ones, and leave the rest for another day.

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Don’t mind the tiny spider on the close-up below — they’re organic!

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I leave the best ones in tact, then puree the rest with a splash of lemon (to preserve, though lime is good too) and some agave syrup (for texture and to counter the tartness).

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Then I make M really, really happy and cook up some buttermilk whole wheat pancakes. (Ever seen a grown man beg?)

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Need I say more? Mmmmm…

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p.s.ย  the berry sauce is also really delicious on fresh peaches, ice cream, or anything really.

For more circle time fun, check out Mel’s show and tell, or my previous entries.

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~ by luna on August 19, 2009.

26 Responses to “show and tell: sunday summer berries”

  1. Oooo… I totally want pancakes now… although preferably spider-free ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You’re about to make a grown woman beg, too…you’ve definitely made her drool…is drool bad for a keyboard?

  3. yum, yum, yum, yum, yuuuuuuuuuuummmmm

  4. That’s it. I’m bringing the family over for breakfast tomorrow. Have our plates ready around 10 am.

  5. Ooohhhh. Those pancakes..!!! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  6. You’re making me hungry, Luna!!

    I never had blackberries growing up… but raspberries & strawberries, definitely!

  7. Those are awesome! I love picking berries. And ohhhh those pancakes look delicious!

  8. Um, those look AMAZING. We have a colony of berry bushes along the railroad tracks near our house. Have to be careful picking but it is worth it!!!

    Mmmm…maybe tomorrow…and pancakes…mmmm

  9. Ooh – That looks delicious! I was happy to notice that we had fresh strawberries AND whipped cream last weekend when we were having waffles. There’s nothing better for breakfast than fresh summer fruit!

  10. The tag on this post says it all: food porn. LMAO!

  11. I want to live in your world. I LOVE berries!!!

  12. these have my mouth watering, we have had a terrible year for our gardens here, so jealous

  13. I didn’t even see the spider. I guess that means I would have eaten him!

    Beautiful pancakes! Num num.

  14. OMG those look good. Yum Yum

  15. Oh my stars! That looks incredible!!!

  16. Oh those look yummy. I love blackberries. I made some boysenberry syrup earlier this year and it was so good.

  17. Absolutely delicious!!! Those are some killer berries you have there. Good job on the harvest and those pancakes!!! YUMMY!

  18. Those fresh berries look delicious!

  19. Awww man, my mouth is totally watering! Looks delish! And, what a great time!

  20. OMG, step away from your baby and make me some pancakes!

  21. I love blackberries with a passion and this makes me so hungry!

  22. Mmm…mmm…mmm…Gotta love summer!

  23. They look fantastic! We started a gardent his year but it is mostly vegetables. I look forward to venturing over to berries next year. You should sell some jam!

  24. I love blackberries! When I was a kid, we would often end up on the Washington coast camping just in time for blackberry season. Nummy!

  25. incoming link:
    http://birchandmaple.blogs.com/birch_and_maple/2009/08/damned-coffee.html

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