Berry Heaven

In keeping with the theme from the last post...here is more on berries!

Fortunately, I am blessed with an abundance of wild berries every summer. In fact, I've recently visited the berry patch, returning home with heaps of blueberries and raspberries. I enjoy eating many (maybe TOO many, lol) of the berries in their natural state, but I also get a thrill out of creating delicious desserts with these beauties.

I have patiently been waiting to make the peach cobbler from the Purely Delicious calender, since it was given to me at Christmas. I finally made the cobbler last week with some beautiful fresh peaches, and the addition of raspberries. Oooh yumm! Is this ever a great recipe. So fresh and juicy! Simply peel and thinly slice peaches, adding berries (if desired). In a food processor, blend some fresh pineapple, dates, honey or agave, vanilla, pinch of sea salt, and lemon juice - until smooth. Fold into the peaches. Now process until crumbly: 1 1/2 cups nuts (I used pecans and walnuts) with 1/4 cup medjool dates, 1 tsp coconut oil, and 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract. Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit. Eat it immediately or chill for a few hours to let the flavours marinate.

So back to the berry patch - I'd love to share with you, some pictures of what blueberry country looks like. This particular patch is almost an hour's drive from my house, but there are hundreds of spots - some closer, and some even further away. If you think it doesn't look like much, you're right! This is called a "cut over", where large plots of trees have been cut down (huge logging industry up here). The blueberries THRIVE in this sandy bedded environment!

Here's what a blueberry bush looks like - Aren't they gorgeous?! This year's crop is especially great, I think due to all the rain earlier this summer, and now the intense heat. By next weekend it should be absolutely insane berry picking!

I'm blissed out in the bluberries! You can get an idea of how big the bushes are. Pretty small! It's the squatting game the whole time, but some people bring little stools to sit on.

I was so inspired by the peach raspberry cobbler, that I decided to make a blue/raspberry crumble parfait. I layered the berries with a pecan/walnut/date crumble and a berry cream made of: blueberries, raspberries, mango, dates, walnuts, lemon juice, and agave.

Tonight I'll be searching out another spot and then it's back to the patch next weekend, for more picking to my heart's content 😀

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9 Comments
  1. August 13, 2008 at 04:38
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    yum yum yum! i made your blueberry cake from the post below and it turned out to be delicious, so i think the peach cobbler is next on the list!

  2. August 13, 2008 at 16:04
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    Blueberry plants are so pretty I think. Looks fun being out there picking away. :)

  3. August 13, 2008 at 17:03
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    Maria - oh thats awesome, Im glad you enjoyed the cake :) yes, the cobbler is wonderful!<br /><br />Thanks Yard and Rosie :) Hope you guys are having a rawkin summer!!!! hugs

  4. Yaelian
    August 13, 2008 at 20:41
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    Mmmm, lucky you being able to pick up those lovely blueberries.One of my favourite childhood memories is of me picking blueberries,(in Finland)Where I live now there are no blueberries, sigh...

  5. August 14, 2008 at 16:47
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    Yaelian - Oh wow, Finland eh? That's neat - where do you live now?

  6. Yaelian
    August 15, 2008 at 13:16
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    I now live in Israel, where they have great fruit/veggies but I love berries and I am used to picking them up wild in Finland.In Israel they do have blueberries, but those are the cultivated ones that are not even close to the real thing.....

  7. August 15, 2008 at 22:26
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    Israel! That's so neat! What brought you over there?<br />What fruits grow there?<br />LOL, i know what you mean about cultivated vs. wild berries! There is no difference, eh?! :D

  8. Yaelian
    August 21, 2008 at 15:36
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    Long story how I got here....Anyway, here they have about most of the fruit you can find anywhere, really good and juicy.The fruit and veggies are just great here!But they don't have young coconuts, sigh!

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