i find it surprising that greek people don't eat blackberries..they eat dandelions, frogs, snails, intestines..but not blackberries? and they don't eat mushrooms either! i made a blackberry pie one autumn in edessa for eleftheria my landlady to try..she tasted it suspiciously and reported liking it but she never wanted to go foraging with me and she never accepted any on offer either..
i love them though and last week i was lucky enough to have a foraging day with my daughter alexandra..we didn't get many and the ones we did find were crunchy with seeds and a little past their best flavourwise..
my preserves cupboard is groaning with jam so i didn't want to make jam or jelly with them..instead i made an almond and blackberry cake and meringue nests filled with blackberry puree and cream and garnished with fig leaf dust* and blackberry syrup..that's it for this year's blackberries unfortunately..i had planned to again with a friend but a daughter's wedding is taking priority over blackberries this year!
|almond and blackberry cake|
|meringue nests with blackberry puree and cream garnished |
with fig leaf dust and blackberry syrup
* i've recently discovered that fig leaves are edible so i dried fig leaves and crushed them to a very fine powder to use as a garnish
http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2013/03/fig-leaves-just-as-healthy-as-figs.html (health benefits)
http://kimberlyshaw.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/08/fig-.html (fig leaf tea)
~ i thought the almond and blackberry cake was a great recipe in which to use my precious blackberries because there were no other competing flavours to eclipse their beautiful autumn flavour..i think it's a versatile recipe that would work with other berries too and it would easily convert to gluten free by substituting the very small amount (40 gms) of plain flour with rice flour or any other gluten free flour
~ i like the flavour of the fig leaf dust..it tastes and smells just like a warm summer day under a fig tree
do you like blackberries or do you think, like the greeks, they're best left for the birds?