Arapaho Blackberries were the first ever thornless ones in existence. These are commonly produced in Texas and the climate there is ideal as they require only 700-750 chilling hours. Due to being thornless they are easier to pick and therefore more can be picked per hour.
Arapaho is one of many varieties of delicious blackberries. There are numerous thorny and thornless varieties available and some need trellising while others are erect varieties.
Blackberries are delicious fruits that range in size, but generally small enough to eat in one bite. They are composed of numerous "drupes" arranged around a soft white core. Each fleshy, juicy drupe contains one small seed. Blackberries are similar to raspberries in appearance, but can be easily distinguished from a raspberry by the central core which is absent in a ripe raspberry.
Selecting and Buying
Choose plump, fully black berries for best flavor and sweetness. Avoid very soft, moldy or leaking berries.
Ripe berries will detach from the stem easily.
Preparation and Use
Blackberries are easy to use - no stemming, peeling, or pitting required. Just rinse and add to recipes. Or bring to a slow boil and strain for juice.
Conserving and Storing
Blackberries should be refrigerated if not used right away to avoid deterioration and mold. Before refrigerating, sort thru the berries and remove any moldy or squishy berry. Store in shallow containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
When ready to use, rinse and drain. Use fresh or freeze for later use. They can be bagged for freezing or frozen on cookie sheets and transferred to bags.
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