Wild blackberries resemble black raspberries, but they come cleanly off the bush, whereas raspberries leave behind their centers on the stem. Look for wild blackberries in the summer months growing on thorny canes with five-petaled white flowers. Wild blackberries, and the earlier fruiting dewberry, grow all across the United States wherever the plants find enough sunlight and water for growth.
Drape a pie crust into the bottom of a pie tin. Prepare a blackberry pie filling using washed and dried wild blackberries. Combine 3 cups of wild blackberries in a saucepan with 1 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour the filling onto the pie crust and add a second crust on top. Bake the pie at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Blackberry Barbecue Baste
Add 1 cup washed and dried blackberries to 3 cups of barbecue sauce. Heat over medium low heat for 30 minutes, stirring every five minutes to keep from burning. Use to baste meat as it cooks on the grill or as a dipping sauce for the finished meat. Try this with fattier cuts of meat such as beef ribs. Optionally, mix ½ cup of the blackberry barbecue sauce into 1 lb. of hamburger meat before shaping hamburgers to grill.
Cook up a custard with your blackberries by mixing together in a blender or stand mixer 1 cup half-and-half, 1 whole egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup flour and 1 tsp. lemon zest. Fold in 3 cups wild blackberries and pour into 6 4 oz. custard cups, filling each cup halfway. Place the cups in a deep roasting pan and pour boiling water into the roasting pan up to the level of the custard in the cups. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes or until set. Let cool completely before serving with a mint leaf and whole blackberry garnish on top.
Toss 2 cups washed and dried wild blackberries with ¼ cup pasteurized egg white. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and stir to completely coat the blackberries. Use these to garnish desserts or as a topping for cereal, ice cream or yogurt.