I have picked blackberries all over the country but have not picked Texas dewberries. Last summer I even paid to pick blackberries at a upick location. The berries were huge and sweeter than the wild ones. Today, however, I stumbled on a large patch of dewberry bushes. I walked along a dirt road next to a railroad track and there were so many vines along the ground I couldn’t believe it. The plants are just starting to develop new growth for the year. They should soon be flowering so I will keep an eye open for that. The only problem I could see is that there is lots of standing water nearby so I had better wear my rubber gardening boots the next time I go there.
For those wondering, dewberries are a type of blackberry that grows parallel to the ground. The standard blackberry grows its canes upright. This means I will be bending over more to pick the fruit.
I have decided that I am going to think of what kinds of other fruit juice I can add to blackberry jelly. I am also going to try dewberry jam but I will only use some of the seeds because I am not crazy about all those seeds in my teeth.
If the birds don’t hog all the berries I hope to even make Dewberry Pie.
I was also pleased to see cattails growing near the blackberries. I can utilize most of the plant. More on that later even though I don’t make jelly or jams from cattails.