Meet Tom, a roadside produce vendor with a lovely hat who sold me my first dewberries of the season. His pick-up truck was parked near an Exxon station on the southbound side of Route 6 south of Navasota. Tom had some big berries that were still too red and too tart, but he also had some little ones that were dark black and very sweet.
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When I got home, I put the berries in the blender and turned them into dewberry juice, which I used to make smoothies, sweeten plain yogurt and just drink. Here’s the recipe:
Any amount of ripe dewberries or blackberries 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. -- Robb Walsh