Nature Brews is a monthly cask night at The Old Bakery Beer Company in partnership with The Nature Institute. Each month we feature a new cask beer made with locally foraged ingredients. Come out on the first Friday of every month to taste & rate the new cask offering. At the end of 12 months (October 2017), we will brew & package a full scale batch of the most well-reviewed cask for everyone to enjoy!
Here is some info about this month’s ingredient, Blackberries!
Blackberry, Rubus (sp), is a native plant with many varieties due to hybridization. Usually bearing fruit in its second year, the wild variety has large thorns that can pierce through even the thickest of clothing. Blackberry bushes can tolerate poor soils and usually grows well in woods, hillsides, and hedgerows. It produces flowers in the spring and early summer and berries are generally ready to be picked by mid- July. Due to the blackberry’s extensive root system, the plant is often described as a weed in parts of the world: Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and the pacific northwest America to name a few.
Blackberries are often used in the kitchen for desserts, jams, and wines (other non-edible uses include dyes and inks). The fruit has significant amounts of dietary fiber, vitamin c, and vitamin k. Even the many seeds are rich in omega-3 and protein. The fruits are not the only edible source; root bark and leaves were often used in teas to treat sore throats. Young root shoots can also be peeled and added to a salad