In late spring the flowers on the thorny brambles found along Highway 30A in Walton County, Florida turn into dewberries. Just steps from sugar white beaches and emerald green water is a forager’s delight.
The tiny berries (about half an inch long) turn from red to almost black as they ripen. Typically the larger berries are sweeter. The ripe berries are very delicate and don’t transport well, so they are not usually commercially available (although on occasion I find them at the local farmers markets). This means foraging is the best way to get them.
Thorns make picking the berries a bit tricky, but they are worth the effort. They are delicious in jams and pies, or simply eaten as you pick them. I like using them in a simple crab salad, teaming two wonderful local ingredients.
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