When to Buy/In Season:
Summer months, mostly late July. A few varieties continue into September.
How to Select:
Berries should be dead ripe or they will be tart. Look for berries that have lost their sheen and have a slightly dull finish. Berries are highly perishable, so fresh-picked or organic-specific stores with higher sales may provide the best quality.
Blackberries are subject to mildew and rot in wet or moist conditions. Organic growers plant varieties resistant to orange rust, or remove infected plants.
EWG 2009 Dirty Dozen, not listed
How to Store:
Blackberries are very soft and perishable. They should not be stored fresh more than 1 – 2 days, but can be easily frozen.
To Freeze Fresh Blackberries:
See our Basics of Canning Fruit at Home
Home Canned fruits can be stored for up to 1 year; they may lose quality after that point. Commercially canned fruit can be stored up to 3 years.
See our Basics of Drying Fruit at Home
Dried fruit may be stored 6 – 12 months at room temperature, or indefinetly in the freezer.
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