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Monday, June 25, 2012

Bow and Blackberries

The problem with having fruit in season is that when there is plenty of it, sometimes people get tired of eating it. I have been walking Teyman every morning and every evening and picking blackberries during our walks. At first, Bow really liked the blackberries, but now he's grown less fond of them and won't finish his share.
There is an economic lesson in this for us all: do not overproduce lest you reduce the market value of your product.

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  1. Well I know from when we had apples off our own true I really enjoy it, but my sisters did not like these so much. They appreciate these more now, but I have always ate the apples and liked these more than anyone. My mom even makes apple butter, and she also makes a plum jam. Maybe you or sword turn the berries into a jam, which you could give to your family as holiday gifts. The stuff keeps for a long time.

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  2. Julia, that's a good suggestion, in general, except that I worry that preserves of all kinds, and jams in particular, have a higher sugar content than the original fruit. I wonder if there is a way to freeze the blackberries that will preserve them with their nutrients in the original proportions.

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  3. If you worry about sugar, it could be a problem. I personally do not care if apple butter has a bit of sugar content to it as I can use it in cooking in place of sugar later, which I do a lot.

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    1. I do worry about excessive sugar content. We still eat things with sugar in them, and there is jam in the house -- not for me or Bow, though -- it's just that the healthiest way to consume the blackberries is to eat them fresh.

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  4. Freezing is another option. From what I have read you will always lose a bit of nutrients when you freeze or preserve a fruit, but the same is true for when fruits are shipped to us. Canned fruit can be virtually sugar free, if you decide not to put any in. I would rather eat canned fruit I know someone made over the store stuff.

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    1. Yes, I heard that about freezing, too. Does canning fruit not use the sugar as a preservative? I've never canned, so I'm fuzzy on the concept.

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  5. Or can you sell the berries? I am just thinking of ideas so you can deal with your excess fruit.

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    1. We don't have that much excess, because we only actually get as much as I pick. There is always more on the bushes than I can pick, and that gets eaten by the wildlife, or withers away. Besides, most of my neighbors can pick their own blackberries, so I doubt anyone local would buy them from me.

      I end up eating the ones that no one else wants!

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    2. Well, it sounds like it works out then.

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