As a kid growing up in Oregon, there was nothing like August and September and the giant, sweet blackberries that grew wild all over the hills. I remember once when I was ten years old, I was on the hunt for the biggest blackberry I could find, and I found it. Unfortunately it was way up and towards the center of the top of the bush. If anyone is not familiar with blackberry bushes, they are thick fibrous vines covered in hardcore thorns = dangerous. Well, being the determined kid that I was, I climbed up to the top rail of the fence and leaned in, reaching with all my might, until I fell, full body into the bush. OUCH. I called for my dad and he and his friend came to rescue me (yes it took 2 grown men to pull me out). I may have been scraped and gashed and crying, but I GOT my giant berry! It was so worth it and so are the 10 exciting blackberry recipes that follow!
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