When it comes to summer berries, I’ll admit I am one spoiled girl. The pick-your-own strawberry patch is right down the road, my dad’s co-worker has overflowing blueberry bushes in his backyard, and our close family friends have wild raspberries growing across the street on their farm. This is why I love living in the country.
I posted a few weeks ago on my family’s shared tumblr blog about strawberry picking and baking up some treats using frozen fruit from last summer, to make room for this year’s harvest! The strawberries are done, as the season is rather short and they spoil quickly, but at the moment I have more wild raspberries and [especially] blueberries than I can handle!! I swear I’ve never tasted a strawberry, blueberry or raspberry as good as the summer ones at home. The strawberries are small, deep red, sweeter and juicier than any you’ll ever find in a store. The blueberries are plump, firm, and just damn good tasting. And the wild raspberries. Oh my. I won’t even eat a store-bought raspberry any more.. that’s how spoiled I am. These little babies are teeny tiny, tart and sweet, and literally burst with flavor in your mouth. It’s hard to explain the incredibleness of these guys if you’ve never had one. All I can say is if you do, you’ll never go back to their oversized, bland domesticated cousins.
I took my little cousin Hana, who was visiting from Okinawa, strawberry picking and then just a few days ago both blueberry and raspberry picking. Of course growing up in Japan, she sees fruit as solely dessert, unlike me who uses fruit to make dessert, like a cobbler which then becomes next morning’s breakfast, as well as afternoon snack… and repeat. ugh. There’s fruit in it so it must be healthy, right?
Anyway, here are some photos from our berry adventures, and now I’m set up for lots of summer berry recipe experimenting so check back for my favorites!