Picking Blackberries and The Best Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberries are an August favorite here in Virginia and I am sure in many other locations this time of year. Whether you are going for the thorny wild blackberries or driving to a farm with thornless here are some recipes to surely make it worth the effort and blackberry stains!!
We are sharing some tips for Picking Blackberries and The Best Blackberry Recipes.
blackberries riping on vine

Tips for Picking Blackberries 

What to wear blackberry picking

If you are bringing kids make sure they wear dark clothing or things you might not care if they get stained .(By the way my daughter’s shirt was filled with blackberry stains, I used Oxy clean spray and I was surprised it all came out.)
Once again we went to Mt Olympus Farm just North of Ashland, Va. We had a taste test out in the field and determined the berries with the plumpest circles were the sweetest, but also may get a little juicy in the container when picked.


blackberries riping on vine


Immediately put the blackberries in the fridge in a breathable container. The plastic grocery bag we were given is not the best option.
This is another good reason to keep those strawberry containers.


If you chose to freeze any, just use the same method as described in the blueberry storing and strawberry posts. I find that blackberries really hold their shape when defrosted and my kids love to pop them in their mouths still frozen!
tips for picking blackberries


The recipes I used when I got home were both from Southern Living. The Blackberry Iced tea was so welcomed by my family last year I thought I would do it again.
blackberry iced tea
Although it uses 3 cups of blackberries it is a keeper. This time I used the solids that you are supposed to discard in smoothies the following morning.


The blackberry Cobbler will be a sure favorite and you can experiment with all sorts of fruits through out the year.
So grab your sunscreen and buckets and go looking for the yummy summer treat.
Don’t forget the camera and wet wipes because the kids are sure to get messy!

Blackberry Cobbler Recipe


  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprig

Blackberry Iced Tea Recipe


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • Garnishes: fresh blackberries, fresh mint sprigs


Combine blackberries and sugar in large container. Crush blackberries with wooden spoon. Add mint and baking soda. Set aside.

Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and let stand 3 minutes. Discard tea bags.

Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Pour tea through a wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired.


blackberry cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A summer dessert that you can make with a variety of berries and fruit or even mix them for a combo


  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprig


    Preheat oven to 375°. Place blackberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice.

    Stir together egg, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over topping.

    Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes.

    Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Garnish with fresh mint sprig, if desired.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 364Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 62mgSodium 106mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 6gSugar 38gProtein 5g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.


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