Berry Picking at the Bulb
|Dang, a little too early.|
Early July tends to be generally the start of the ripening and the quality and quantity depends on the rains that season. El Nino and late rains produce the best bumper years. Surprisingly even within an acre, the flavors can vary from bush to bush either from soil conditions or genetic variation. My favorite is a bush that tastes a little gingery. Some bushes produce intensely floral berries. Some have a distinctly concord grape taste. There are also dud bushes that just taste uninterestingly sour even though the berries are promisingly plump. I sample from each bush as I go along although I have not been able to make any reliable generalizations or find noticeable consistency over the years.
The joy of wildcrafting is tasting hyper ripe intense berries that disintegrate in your hands. Of course you have to tolerate a bit of scratching but one has no right to enjoy wild blackberries without it.
|My favorite patch.|
Although I could pick bushels, I try not to be greedy and limit myself to two plastic tubs. I'm pretty much gorged on berries by the end and these are for my husband.
- At the Bulb
- Pick berries away from the crowd further away from the parking lots and the beach. Pick berries above 1 feet, this is a dog heavy park if you get my meaning.