On Bramble Picking

Things that you learn from picking brambles

  • keep moving - there are always more bramble bushes to be found
  • don't get bogged down finding the last bramble on the bush
  • don't stretch or reach too far, better to keep moving
  • over stretch and you can spill the lot
  • moving position will change your perspective, and you will likely see more
  • as you start to pick, you will likely see more
  • where there are some brambles, there are likely to be more, once you settle down to look for them
  • seeing a bramble bush is not the same as seeing brambles for picking
  • with practice you can get plenty of brambles into your hand
  • take out the stalks as you go, don't leave it for later
  • pick good brambles, mushy brambles or part ripe brambles are not worth the effort
  • passers by will always offer advice, but they won't help and they don't pick
  • there were always more brambles last week, will be next week, and used to be twenty years ago
  • brambles stay ripe on the bush for quite a long time compared to most soft fruits
  • a great bramble shines
  • start recognising that brambles come by the branch, find a good branch and harvest that
  • start recognising that brambles come by the bush, find a good bush and harvest that
  • brambles vary enormously, but are pretty constant over the same bush,
  • too small and too much effort, too large and prone to over-ripeness
  • when they are ready - they come off with minimal effort
  • pick them before Michaelmas, when the devil spits on them, and they are not good afterwards
  • the more sun, the quicker they ripen
  • some open spots are very slow to ripen or poor to fruit
  • brambles on second years growth perhaps?
  • learn your area, where the bushes are, and the sequence they ripen in
  • get some bramble bushes you see everyday, to act as your calendar for when you need to go out more widely for harvesting
  • if there is not enough for a jam, wash, crush, seive the juice, leave to set for a night, to make jus for adding to plain ice cream
  • picking needs a special sort of patience
  • there will always be brambles left over
  • there are usually brambles to come back for
  • you never find them all, first time around, come back along the same path, and you will find lots more
  • we were made to pick brambles
  • all year round a bramble is a nuisance, and then, come autumn, it feeds everyone
  • patience and effort will prevail when you pick the right time, and the right place
  • picking brambles means scratches and stings
  • a bramble bush in a hawthorne tree is the perfect option for picking
  • hedgerows and the sides of paths make for good picking
  • avoid roadsides, and too obvious areas
  • there will always be brambles
  • there should always be someone to pick them
  • it is food for free, but it is the process that is importance
  • picking brambles connects you to the seasons and the land, in a way we were built for
  • picking favours the long armed and long legged
  • wear long trousers or gaiters so you can wade in fearlessly
  • watch where you put your feet, it is easy to step on a promising branch or two
  • with an open mind, you can learn from anything or anyone