Blackberries | CUESA

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market »

Sat 8am–2pm | Tue & Thu 10am–2pm | SF

Jack London Square Farmers Market »

Sun 10am–3pm | Oakland

Mission Community Market »

Thu 4pm–8pm | SF

Blackberries

Jam, pie, tea, and preserves: most people have noshed on some form of this summer fruit before. But did you know the blackberry, botanically speaking, is not actually a berry? It is technically an “aggregate fruit,” which means it forms from one flower, but is made up of multiple smaller fruits called drupes. While blackberries are most often cooked as part of a dessert, they can also be used to make wine. Bees like the nectar of the flowers, and they make great honey. Blackberries are also nutritional powerhouses that rank high among antioxidant-rich fruits. Although their seeds can get stuck in your teeth, try not to spit them out. They contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

In Season

May, June, July, August, September, October

Recipes with Blackberries

Harvest Fruit Salad

CUESA’s Food Shed

Blackberry Shrub

CUESA’s Food Shed

Blackberry Jam

Ginger Hahn, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Needs-No-Recipe Melon Salad

Brie Mazurek, CUESA Staff

Articles about Blackberries

May 25, 2018

Berry Smart: A Farmers Market Guide to Berries

Berry season has started the farmers market. Do you know a tayberry from a olallieberry?

September 30, 2011

Virtual Tour of Swanton Berry Farm

Take a virtual tour of Swanton Berry Farm, where the berries are union-grown, organic, and delicious.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »