Picking Wild Blackberries or Dewberries

Dewberries are a type of fruit that belong to the same family as blackberries and raspberries. They are small, dark purple berries that grow on low-growing, trailing plants known as dewberry brambles. Dewberries are native to North America and can be found in various regions, including the southern United States.

On our farm our wild dewberries are available for picking in May and early June. You can see our wild dewberries on the edges of our pasture and sometimes along the nature trails. The only problem is that the deer and cows know they are there and want to eat them as well. So it is first come, first serve! 

The fruit is typically sweet and tart, with a rich flavor similar to blackberries. They have a soft texture and can be enjoyed fresh, or used in a variety of culinary applications such as pies, jams, jellies, and desserts. Dewberries are also commonly used in winemaking and can be turned into delicious fruit wines.

Dewberries on Gomez Family Farm

Dewberry plants are characterized by their thorny stems and vine-like growth habit, often sprawling along the ground or climbing on nearby structures. They typically produce fruit in late spring to early summer, depending on the specific region and climate.

Dewberries are sometimes confused with blackberries, as they share a similar appearance and taste. However, there are some differences between the two. Dewberries tend to be smaller and have a milder flavor compared to blackberries. The plants also have more trailing growth and are less erect than blackberry bushes.

Harvesting dewberries can be a fun outdoor activity, but it's important to exercise caution due to the thorny nature of the plants. When foraging for dewberries, it's advisable to wear protective gloves and clothing to avoid scratches.

Overall, dewberries are delicious and versatile fruits that can be enjoyed in various culinary preparations or simply eaten fresh when they are in season. When you are visiting our farm in dewberry season, feel free to pick them! We hope to see you soon!