I love foraging for blackberries on late summer and early autumn walks. Berries make fabulous healthy smoothies as they contain less sugar than other fruits and are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. I have to admit though this healthy smoothie recipe tastes even better with a little drizzle of maple syrup. I use maple syrup as it is reputedly the healthiest source of sugar there is. I love this blackberry smoothie for breakfast.
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You’ll find blackberries growing in the hedgerows in the UK in August, September and early October. Only pick the ripe black coloured berries that easily come away from the stork. Avoid those fairly close to the ground in case a dog has passed that way and left his calling card!
British folklore has it that you shouldn’t pick blackberries after Old Michaelmas Day, 10th October. This is the day Lucifer was expelled from Heaven, falling from the skies into a blackberry bush, which understandably he was not best pleased about. He cursed the blackberries, stomping and spitting on them, making them unfit to eat.
Another blackberry recipe to try is this Easy Blackberry Vodka from Suzanne, The Travelbunny.
Wild Blackberry Smoothie
For this healthy smoothie recipe, I tend to use a mix of berries including blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with the emphasis on wild blackberries that I've picked that day. I find the blackberries do keep a day or two and any left over, that you are unlikely to use in time, can be frozen.
If you don't like the little seeds from the berries you can strain the smoothie before serving but the seeds are full of goodness too so I tend to leave them in.
I particularly love drinking this as a healthy breakfast smoothie.
- 125 g blackberries or a mix of berries
- 150 g natural 0% fat yoghurt
- 0.5 tsp maple syrup (optional)
Wash the berries and remove any stalks.
Tip the yoghurt, syrup and the berries into a blender. Blend until thoroughly mixed and then a little more for good measure.
If you don't like your smoothies quite so thick add a little skimmed milk.
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