Blackberry

A purply black-coloured berry comprising many individual seed-containing fruits surrounding a cone-shaped core. Wonderfully juicy, they're good raw or cooked and are bursting with vitamin C. Wild, they're often called brambles.

How to Select

Look for plump, shiny, tender berries, with none that are mushy or moldy. If you buy a punnet, check that the underside isn't stained - that means the lower level of berries has been crushed.

How to Store

Arrange them on a layer of kitchen paper on a plate, so that they don't crush each other, and store them in the fridge. Take them out of the fridge an hour before eating, so that they're at room temperature. Eat within a couple of days of buying or picking.

How to Prepare

As blackberries are very delicate, avoid washing them if possible, but if you have to, do it just before using them and drain well.

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