If you do not grow your own blackberries, you may be able to satisfy a blackberry craving with wild blackberries. Wild blackberry patches are a treasure hiding within the common brush of rural and suburban areas. When you wander down the beaten path, scan the perimeters looking for signs of delicious wild blackberries growing amongst the other growth. If you spot the white blossoms in the spring, blooming sweetly among the leaves, mark that spot and make a note to return in midsummer for plentiful blackberries. When you find a wild blackberry bramble, prepare yourself for picking, and go help yourself to a sweet harvest of berries.
Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves to protect yourself from insects, thorns and poison ivy. Protect your head from sun if you will be in the sun. Pick berries early in the day for plump and firm berries.
Look carefully at the blackberry bramble to find the ripe berries. You will likely find berries in various stages of ripening on the brambles. As blackberries ripen, they change from hard and green to red and then finally they turn plump, black and shiny.
Pull the black and shiny blackberries from the canes with the tips of your fingers, taking care not to squeeze or damage the berries as you pull. If the blackberries do not release easily as you tug gently, the berries are not ripe. Place the berries into your containers.
Continue picking through the bramble until you have picked all the ripe berries. Leave the remaining blackberries to ripen and return to the bramble in several days to pick again, if desired.
Store the unwashed blackberries in the refrigerator for three to four days. Wash the berries as you use them, immediately before using.