Dewberry Season

For a couple of weeks in May, the wild blackberries known as dewberries are ripe in East Texas. The right-of-ways alongside railroad tracks are a good place to pick the intensely flavored blackberries. You also can buy them on the side of the road. The intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 6 just west of Houston is a very popular place for wild dewberry stands. A quart of berries goes for around ten dollars. You can sometimes buy dewberry pie too.

Ms. Tompkins, the woman who ran the stand in this video, said her sons did the berry picking.

Dewberry Juice

Any amount of ripe dewberries or blackberries, well-rinsed Spring water or purified water Cane sugar or sweetener to taste

Combine a small amount of berries and an equal amount of spring water in a blender and puree. Strain the juice to remove the seeds. Continue processing berries in batches to make desired amount of juice. Combine some sugar with a little water in a pan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the sugar syrup to the juice until it reaches the desired sweetness. Chill. Will keep for several days in the fridge.

Drink it plain or sweeten a bowl of yogurt with it -- you'll love the flavor of dewberries without the seeds.

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