Blackberry Soup

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4 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and drained
2 cups cold water
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/4 cup sugar
3 whole cloves
2-inch stick cinnamon
1/2 cup light cream


Set aside a few berries to use as a garnish. Combine berries, water, lemon, sugar, cloves, and cinnamon in a soup pot. Simmer, mashing berries with a spoon, until fruit is soft. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing to remove as much juice as possible. Discard solids. Cool, chill well, and blend cream into berry juice. Garnish with berries.


Serves 6-8

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When we bought our home 40

When we bought our home 40 yrs. ago, there was a wild blackberry stand on one side. The builder said "Don't worry about the thorns - I'll get rid of them" to which I replied "OVER MY DEAD BODY!!" These wild blackberries have given me gallons of delicious fruit. I fertilize once a year, and don't need to mulch as oak leaves from the nearby tree do the job well. Also, a forest of lovly cinnamon ferns have covered the patch, thriving in the oak leaf mast. I forage like a bear when the berries are ripe, and have to remind myself daily to save berries for jam, muffins, pie... Now I will try the blackberry soup as our berries are ripe as I write this. Do I have to dig out wandering canes? Yes. But it's worth it. That builder might do well to grow some blackberries of his own. He'd think twice about offering to tear them out when they occur naturally on a property.

i hope i'm just starting to

i hope i'm just starting to grow blackberrys i had fun witgrowing pineapples