A cousin of the raspberry, the blackberry is mentioned in recipes as early as the 17th century: In Pharmacopoeia Londinensis, they went into medicinal cordials and fruit wines. Thanks to modern cultivation and hybridization, you can now get plump blackberries year round, even if thornless commercial varieties like Black Pearl and Nightfall are less flavorful than the prickly ones you have to hunt and gather yourself.
Speaking of hand-picking, we’ve selected a few of our favorite blackberry recipes from the archives to inspire you during peak ripeness: They work marvelously year round with frozen and off-peak berries as well.
A tart, deep purple sauce made from red wine and fresh blackberries cuts through salmon’s oily richness in this stovetop recipe. Get the recipe >
Flummery is an old-fashioned British pudding. Topped with mounds of whipped cream, it’s a light and comforting dessert best served chilled. Get the recipe >
Lemon and nutmeg give this pie’s berry filling a kick of zest and spice. Get the recipe >
Slump is a New England term for a biscuit cobbler. Here, the fruit’s purple nectar bubbles up deliciously through the crumb topping. Get the recipe >
This classic fruit syrup adds a hint of dark sweetness to a rum-based cocktail. Get the recipe >
Tapioca pearls tame the oozy juices of this mixed-berry pie. Get the recipe >