An A to Z guide to choosing, storing, preparing, and cooking fresh produce and recipe ingredients.

  • How to Choose Blackberries 
    Look for plump berries with the darkest purple color—the darker the better. Avoid specimens with hulls (which indicate the berries were picked before ripening fully and are probably overly tart) and any containers with juice stains on the bottom (a sign of crushed fruit). Also check for mold, which develops quickly.

  • How to Store Blackberries 
    Handle the fragile berries carefully, and eat them as soon as possible. Refrigerate unwashed (moisture speeds decay) for up to 2 days in a single layer on a plate, covered loosely.

    How to Prepare Blackberries 
    Blackberries have rather large seeds—each segment is actually a complete stone fruit—which can be strained out before using in tarts or jams.

  • How to Use Blackberries 
    Try combining them with apples for a favorite British pie, or eat them topped with cream and sugar.

    Melinda Page

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