Fruit of the Week: Blackberry pt. 3

Selection and Storage:
– The blackberry tends to be red during its unripe (“green”) phase, leading to an old expression that “blackberries are red when they’re green”
– Blackberry season generally lasts from June to September
– Berries are either handpicked or harvested using machines in large-scale farms
– Choose berries that are bright, shiny, completely black, and plump
– Avoid unripe, overripe, bruised, damaged, and mushy berries
– Blackberries are highly perishable and sensitive to handling, use them as soon as possible
– To store, place them inside the refrigerator where they stay fresh for up to 4-5 days

Blackberry Spinach Salad

Blackberry Spinach Salad
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:
3 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried
1 pint blackberries
6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 green onion, sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup edible flowers (optional)

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, blackberries, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and walnuts.
2. Garnish with edible flowers.
3. Enjoy!

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