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When to Pick Wild Raspberries

A favorite mid-summer activity of mine, I’m always down to go exploring through a thicket of wild raspberries in search of that tiny, delicious fruit.

When can you pick wild raspberries? Most climates will have the season for wild raspberries peak around July. Some warmer regions may have seasons that start in June, and the latest you can expect to find a decent amount of wild raspberries is in mid-August. Different levels of light access will also impact when the fruit are ripe.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot more to consider when you’re getting ready to dive into wild raspberry season.

When Can You Pick Wild Raspberries

As you might expect, the exact seasons of when you can pick wild raspberries depend on a few different variables. Not just only about which climate you live in, it’s also relevant to consider which type of spots you’re visiting.

In this post, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about figuring out when you can go picking wild raspberries.

The Start of the Season Varies Based On Your Location

The most important variable when figuring out when you’re wild raspberry picking season starts is your climate. Simply put, hotter climates that have raspberries present will tend to have earlier seasons. It’s also worth considering what types of spots you’re visiting to find your wild raspberries.

One of the most prolific plants in existence, wild raspberries, can grow just about anywhere and everywhere. Because of that, you can have plants that are growing along a trail in a mature forest just as easily as you can have a field of wild raspberries on some recently logged land.

As you may guess, the recently logged land allows for significantly more light to penetrate down to the raspberries, and you would expect them to mature quicker.

Wild Raspberries on a Single Cane Ripen Progressively

The other thing to think about is that the berries present on a single cane will ripen progressively throughout the season. This means that each time you visit a cane, it may have different berries that are just about ripe.

You can expect an individual wild raspberry cane to have fruit present on it for at least a month and potentially longer. This is one of the more enjoyable aspects of raspberry picking from my perspective, as it easily turns into something you can make a habit out of.

Weekly trips are a great option for those looking to stay on top of their local wild raspberries but don’t want to go too crazy with it.

Late June through Early August is Likely Your Best Time

All right, so what are the actual months of the year in which you’re going to be surrounded by wild raspberries ripe on the cane? This may vary slightly based on your location, but I would estimate that late June through early August is likely going to be the best time for you to be picking wild raspberries.

Most will find that July is their most productive month, as the plants can tend to stop producing once they get to the late summer heat of August. It’s worth noting that the wild raspberry season tends to run earlier than wild blackberries by about a month.

Blackberries will generally peak around late July and August. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re looking for buckets and buckets of wild raspberries, your best bet is to find locations with lots of sunlight that are dominated by wild raspberry plants.

Wild raspberries, unfortunately, aren’t as prolific as wild blackberries, so every blackberry plant that you see makes you walk further to the next raspberry plant.

Consider Changing Your Approach Throughout the Season

One thing to keep in mind is that you may have to look in different spots when your raspberry picking throughout the season. As we discussed earlier, different plants receive different amounts of sunlight, and the more sunlight is received, the sooner the fruit ripens.

When the season is just starting, you’ll likely have your best luck looking for raspberry canes with the best exposure to southern light. Once you get into the middle of the season, there’s no other way to put it: these things are just about everywhere, so you won’t have to worried about exact strategies.

However, at the end of the season, you can expect that the canes with the most exposure to light are now burnt out and without fruit. At this time of the season, you’ll likely have the best luck by looking in shady areas that have been protected from the summer heat.

How to Tell if a Wild Raspberry is Ripe

Now that we’ve covered when you can fix wild raspberries from a calendar perspective, it’s probably worth touching on what to look for when picking for ripe fruit. First things first, wild raspberry fruit is truly ripe when the fruit itself is soft to the touch.

Ideally, you want a fruit that feels like it might smush if you applied a modest amount of pressure. A good way to tell that a fruit is ripe when you’re picking them is that the wild raspberry fruit doesn’t have to be physically “pulled” off the cane. If you happen to be too late, you may notice that the fruit is starting to come apart on the plant, or other critters may start to eat it.

The fruit of wild raspberry plants are noticeably better when they are the right level of ripeness but understand that the clock is ticking as soon as you pick them. Soft fruits like raspberries and blackberries don’t last long, and wild raspberries are no exception to this. If anything, they may start to develop mold quicker than their domestic counterparts.

Raspberries, Black Caps, and Blackberries: What’s the Deal?

We won’t get too deep into the weeds regarding the differences between these different kinds of wild raspberries and blackberries, but it’s good to go over a couple of high-level details.

As you might expect, black cap raspberries are much more similar regarding their plant structure to a wild raspberry plant, but the fruit turns black when ripe. On the other hand, wild blackberries are much more prolific per plant and have an entirely different plant structure that you should notice in the field without much training.

And on top of that, the reality is that each of these groups has different varieties and slightly different species, which complicates things further. The good news is that they are all delicious and more than easy enough to identify.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this post and came away with a new idea or two. I always enjoy wild raspberry season and it’s always great to look forward to awesome picking in those summer months.

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When to Pick Wild Blackberries

Maybe you’ve got a hankering for a wild blackberry pie. We’ve all been there. Unlike with the giant berries you get from the grocery store, you’re going to have to be in the right place at the right time to get your fill of wild blackberries.

When can you pick wild blackberries? Most locations have wild blackberries ripe throughout July and August, although some warmer climates may have seasons starting in late June. Not all fruits on a wild blackberry plant ripen at once and varying microclimates in a location provide a long harvest duration.

Keep reading and you’ll find out everything you need to know about timing the harvest of wild blackberries perfectly. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of forgiveness in how this season plays out, so you should have plenty of opportunities.

When Can You Pick Wild Blackberries

As with many things in life, finding the best time to pick wild blackberries comes down to one thing: location, location, location.

Now, I’m not merely referring to your latitude or the severity of your climate; it also matters exactly where you get your wild blackberries. Generally speaking, wild blackberries ripen over a period of several months, and August is the best time to pick them.

When the Season Starts Depends on Your Location

For most people, wild blackberries start to ripen sometime in July. Depending on your climate, this may happen in early or late July. People in warmer climates may even experience a wild blackberry season that starts in late June.

wild blackberry fruits of varying ripeness on a cane
Note the varying degrees of ripeness found on this single plant. Some of the fruits are mostly black, but they still have a small amount of red on them.

As I mentioned earlier, you need to also consider the habitat that you are picking wild blackberries from. Blackberries growing along a trail in a mature forest will tend to take longer to ripen, as they receive less light overall.

Not All Wild Blackberries Ripen at the Same Time

Another thing to keep in mind is that single plants of wild blackberries have their berries ripen throughout a range of time. This means that for each plant that you visit, only a handful of blackberries may be ripe at the time. The nice thing is that wild blackberries are more prolific plants then wild raspberries, so you can generally expect to harvest more fruit from each plant.

Shifting away from talking about single plants, when you look at the variety of blackberry plants present in a single location, you may notice that plants are ripening at a different rate. Ultimately, this all gets back to the amount of sunlight that that individual plant has access to throughout the day.

If you’re a gardener and used to thinking about how the sun orientates itself throughout the sky, this will make sense for you. Everyone else might have a little extra work to get used to thinking about sunlight and where it is most prevalent. As you may know, plants with southern exposure and a clear path to sunlight will receive the most light and therefore ripen the quickest.

national forest land with thicket of blackberry plants and evergreen tree in background
A thicket of wild blackberry plants in the National Forest. This land was clear-cut 13 years ago after a tornado devastated the mature forest.

This is where you may notice a sharp increase in productivity from blackberry plants on disturbed land instead of plants in a mature forest. The high canopy of mature forests’ trees does a good job blocking out all of the available light, making it much more difficult for plants like blackberries to access light on the forest floor.

This is why it’s very important to think about the microclimates associated with the different plants you have access to. For example, if you’re picking at the end of summer, I wouldn’t expect blackberry plants on disturbed lands with southern exposure to have any remaining fruit. The fruit for those plants almost certainly ripened weeks ago, and the plants themselves likely look atrophied at this time.

And by disturbed lands, I’m mostly referring to lands that have been clear-cut logged in the last twenty years. In that case, the surrounding trees likely haven’t grown tall enough to block sunlight from reaching the blackberry plants.

July and August are Peak Wild Blackberry Picking Months

You probably already know this, but July and August are truly the best possible months for wild blackberry picking. Depending on where you live and what kind of wild blackberry patches you have access to, the exact timing of your big hauls may be shifted around by a couple of weeks, but you can expect this to be your best time.

Needless to say, get out all the buckets and containers you have, load them into your car, and make the most out of each great picking day you have.

If you are looking to make the most out of this year’s wild blackberry harvest, but you don’t want to be there every day, weekly visits during the peak season should serve you well. You may want to be less picky about the types of wild blackberries that you take home with you, as there’s no guarantee that that’s slightly unripe blackberry is anywhere to be found in one week.

How to Tell if a Wild Blackberry is Ripe

Alright, so we’ve identified the best time of year for you to be doing your wild blackberry picking; how exactly do you know when the fruit is ripe? Most people will already intuitively understand this, but here’s how it works: you’re looking for the fruit to be entirely black with a reasonable amount of softness to it.

Any sign of red or even a slightly purplish color indicates that the fruit is just not quite ready. You’re also looking for the blackberry to be somewhat soft and not on the firm side. As you probably can figure out, there’s a sweet spot here. Left just a bit too long on the plant, wild blackberries tend almost to liquefy and burst at the slightest touch.

Needless to say that you’re going to have some minor staining on your hands when you’re out picking. Don’t worry; this is all totally worth it.

How Long it Takes for Wild Blackberries to Ripen

This depends on where you live and what kind of sunlight the plant has access to, but you can expect fruit to begin to form on blackberry plants sometime in May or June.

unripe wild blackberry fruits on a cane in the national forest
This is what you may expect wild blackberries to look like approximately a month before they are ready to harvest.

It may take at least two months or more for the fruit to ripen, but you’ll be able to identify the blackberry plants even with the unripe fruit easily. This allows you to plan and find your best blackberry picking spots before the crunch time of peak blackberry picking season.

If you come early enough, the fruits will be green like in the picture above. As they ripen they’ll turn a bright red color and then a purple-ish color before they turn black.

Concluding Thoughts

I’m hoping that you enjoyed reading this article and got some value out of it. Picking wild blackberries is not a time of the year to miss, and some of my best memories involve this time of year.

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Where to Find Wild Raspberries

There’s no other way to put it: the first time you taste a wild raspberry you’ll be hooked. Small but packing a mighty punch, wild raspberries are a joy to pick.

So, where can you find wild raspberries? Wild raspberries thrive on disturbed lands with adequate access to light. Trails running through established forests tend to have raspberry plants along the side. Land that has been clear-cut in the last 15 years is often dominated by wild raspberries.

Keep reading and you’ll find out exactly how to go about finding wild raspberries. From the trail-side nibble to the secret spots producing buckets of berries, this post has you covered.

Locations Where You Can Find Wild Raspberries

The entire time you’re reading this section I think it would be most helpful if you always keep the following two ideas in mind:

  • How much light does this area get?
  • Is this area maintained by humans in a way that eliminates plant competition?

Why are these ideas important? This is to help you waste less time on your journey to find your raspberry honey hole. Yes, a mature woodland with a narrow trail cutting through it may have raspberries, but it’ll likely be only enough for a nibble.

Also, if you’re looking for a more in-depth discussion on finding disturbed landscapes, you can read our companion piece on finding wild blackberries. That post goes into more details on how to use tools like Google Maps to find areas most likely to be loaded with wild berries, and almost everything in that post applies to wild raspberries.

Alongside Trails Through Established Woods With Adequate Light

Most people are going to be best served by searching for wild raspberries alongside trails that run through established forests. This doesn’t mean that these are the best spots necessarily, just that they are good spots that almost everybody has access to.

When you’re trying to find great raspberry picking spots in established forests, you really have to be constantly thinking about how much light is available in each spot.

For example, a narrow trail cutting through a dense forest of maple trees will have little to no light available, thus making it very difficult for wild raspberry plants to grow, let alone produce fruit.

On the other hand, a trail that features a clearing attached to one side may be a good opportunity, as it’s very possible that the clearing is filled with bramble.

Whether you’re hiking along the trail or scouting remotely with Google Maps, always be certain to keep in mind your direction. Remember, areas facing south will have the best access to light, so a clearing attached to the North side of a trail should get great light. The above screenshot is a great example of such a place, as the top of the picture is orientated north.

Overall, trails running through established woods are great if you’re looking to pick a small amount of berries while hiking through the forest. However, the unfortunate truth is that they usually don’t have enough light to produce a large amount of berries without hiking miles and miles.

Land Clear-Cut in the Last 15 Years With a Network of Trails

If you have access to land that has been clear-cut sometime in the last 15 years or so, you really have a great opportunity to enjoy some amazing wild raspberry picking.

Regardless of how the land was clear-cut – be it planned logging, tornado salvage or anything else – there’s a good chance that raspberries established themselves aggressively after the land was cleared.

small immature wild raspberries forming on a cane

So taking the time to find land that has been cleared is a great step towards finding a super productive berry spot. Now, what you really want to see is a network of established trails running through that disturbed land. This is crucial as it saves you from wandering through thorny bramble while angering wasps.

The off-trail bramble may not look so bad the first few years, but after awhile it might look super intimidating.

The off-trail bramble may not look so bad the first few years, but after awhile it might look super intimidating.

The upper-right half of this screenshot is a great example of what a semi-recently clear-cut land looks like in a satellite image.

Needless to say, these kinds of lands are a great opportunity to pick a lot of berries at once. The reason for this gets back to the two ideas that we discussed earlier in the post:

  • In this location sunlight is everywhere, as the large trees were removed
  • When the land was clear-cut, people mechanically eliminated much of the plant competition

So if you can find a spot like this, you have a really great opportunity to pick a lot of wild raspberries in a much more efficient manner.

Be on the Lookout for Freshly Clear-Cut Land

This strategy is a little different than the ones discussed above, but over the long haul it will make a big difference.

The simple reality is that most forested spots great for raspberry picking will eventually lose their productivity. This is because raspberries are amazing at establishing themselves immediately after the land is disturbed and all of the tall trees are eliminated. However, with enough time the new crop of trees will eventually grow to shade out the raspberry plants.

So, what’s a long-term thinking raspberry picker to do? Always be on the lookout for land that has been freshly clear-cut.

You can think of this as developing a pipeline of great raspberry picking for the long term. Sure, that freshly cut land won’t have anything the first year, but there’s a real opportunity for an absolute bumper crop of wild raspberries in the second or third year following the clear cutting event (depending on the season in which the land was cut, I believe).

Maybe give the freshly cut land a year and then see what starts coming up in the early part of summer. If you see bramble but no fruit forming, you should come back the next year.

Tips and Tricks to Keep in Mind While Picking Wild Raspberries

Here are some other things to keep in mind when you’re picking wild raspberries or searching for that perfect spot.

Might Take Awhile to Find Your Secret Spot

One thing to keep in mind if you’re on the lookout for a super awesome wild raspberry spot: it may take both time and a lot of miles to find what you’re looking for.

While raspberries are a very common plant in many parts of the country, they don’t grown in every habitat. I can think of plenty of areas of the forest I most often frequent where I can’t ever recall seeing raspberries, no matter how much light the spot got.

As such, your best policy when looking for a raspberry spot is cover a lot of ground. Explore and try a variety of different looking habitats, as the worst case scenario is that get some exercise. The more time you spend hiking and observing the different habitats, the better you’ll get at anticipating the plants you’ll find.

Observe the Balance Between Wild Raspberries and Blackberries

In my experience, most spots that have wild raspberries will also have wild blackberries. This is great and I have nothing against bumbleberry anything, but if you’re looking to pick a lot of raspberries you’ll need a lot of raspberry plants.

This makes sense if you think about it: wild raspberry canes have their fruit ripen progressively over time, so each cane may only have a few ripe fruits. As wild raspberries are quite small, the sheer quantity of raspberries you’ll have to pick to have even a gallon of berries is astounding (and somewhat intimidating).

thicket of wild blackberries in national forest with mature evergreen forest in background
Thicket of mostly wild blackberries in the National Forest. While wild raspberries were present, they weren’t present in any considerable volume.

So, long story short: you may want to find an area that is absolutely dominated by raspberry plants. Every blackberry plant present takes up space that a raspberry plant could have used, and therefore you need to walk further to pick those extra raspberries.

How you go about this doesn’t have to be an exact science, but it’s worth keeping in the back of your mind as you check spots out.

Concluding Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that you found a few tidbits of information to help take your raspberry picking up to the next level. There are few things that bring me more joy than picking wild berries, and I believe that sharing what works for me can only bring good.

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Where to Find Wild Blackberries

It’s hard to think of a better introduction to foraging than the search for the wild blackberry. Widely available and easy for all to identify, wild blackberries are a real treat.

So where can you find wild blackberries? Look for disturbed areas with adequate access to light. Trails, roadsides, and lands recently cleared from logging or natural disasters like tornadoes are all great starting points.

While it might be easy to find a trail with blackberries, there are some nuances to take into account if you’re looking for buckets of berries. Continue reading to find exactly what you need to be on the lookout for.

What Kinds of Disturbed Landscapes have Wild Blackberries

Before we dive into the fine details of finding a good blackberry spot, understand this important point: while wild blackberries are very prevalent, they do not exist in every kind of soil or habitat. It’s possible that you may need to try a few different areas before you find your first wild blackberries.

ripe blackberries mixed in with almost ripe blackberries along a trail in national forest

Also, I’ll be spending most of this post going over satellite images from Google Maps. I’ll include some photos from the field, but I find that a little scouting in advance with satellite images can payoff in a big way, if you know what you’re doing. This type of scouting can save you a lot of time and effort by eliminating sub-optimal locations without having to hike as much.

Trails Through Established Woods with Enough Light Access

While established forests won’t typically have the volume of wild blackberries that a recently cleared land has, there are still many good opportunities. The main reason I want to cover trails through established woods first is this: ease of access. Almost everybody has access to trails that run through a mature forest; not everybody will be “lucky” enough to find land that has recently been cleared.

So, we’re just looking for trails that run through the woods? Sounds easy, right?

Somewhat. There are some nuances to keep in mind, and these can save you a lot of wasted effort. When you’re looking for wild blackberries in a mature forest, you should always be thinking about light availability, as that will have the largest impact on your search. Wild blackberries need a good amount of light to thrive, and if they’re completely blocked out by a thick canopy with only a narrow trail, they won’t stand a chance.

close up image of unripe blackberries along trail in national forest

One of the factors that can have the largest impact is the species of trees dominating the forest canopy. Blackberries need sunlight during the summer months to produce fruit, and certain trees produce especially dense shade. Anyone that’s walked through a forest with a canopy dominated by maple trees can appreciate how densely shaded the forest floor can be in mid-summer. As little light makes it down, blackberries likely wouldn’t have enough light in that forest, trail or not.

The other main factor to consider is the width of the trail. Generally speaking, wider trails and trails with openings will allow more light to hit the forest edge, and wild blackberries thrive on disturbed edges. It’s easiest to demonstrate this with screenshots of satellite images from Google Maps. I’ve kept the zoom at the same level for all of the screenshots in this post.

Here’s a trail running through a mature forest with a decently wide opening:

satellite image of trail through mature woods

You can see that the opening isn’t always very wide, but there are spots where a good amount of sunlight could reach the South-facing side of the trail (all of the screenshots have North on the top). If I recall correctly, this part of the trail had blackberries consistently on the North edge.

On the other hand, the trail in the screenshot below is rather narrow:

satellite image of narrow trail through woods

I don’t recall having much luck when I hiked through this section of the forest. The trail opening is simply too narrow to allow a decent amount of light to hit that North edge of the trail.

The other thing to look for when checking out satellite photos of trails is for there to be clear openings alongside the trail. The below screenshot is a great example of what you should be looking for:

satellite image of trail with opening attached

Notice the large opening alongside the trail devoid of large trees. This was a great spot to pick wild blackberries, as you can see that the opening gets plenty of sunlight.

Trails Through Recently Disturbed Lands

For most berry-pickers, finding trails that run through recently disturbed lands is a real sweet spot. First things first, finding disturbed land means that there’s sunlight everywhere where blackberries need it most. Secondly, finding trails that run through disturbed lands means that there likely will be easy picking all up and down the trail.

For quick reference, here’s a great example of a recently disturbed land with a trail:

satellite image of trail with mature woods on one side and cleared land on another side

The North-edge of that trail is completely clear of large trees, and has great access to sunlight. Picking a large amount of wild blackberries was as simple as walking along the trail.

The real jackpot is when you can find trails that cut through the middle of a patch of disturbed land. Here’s why this is valuable: if both sides of the trail are lacking tall trees and there are wild blackberries present, then there is a good chance that you’ll be able to pick from both sides of the trail.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: both sides of this trail is land that was cleared around 13 years ago.

satellite image of trail running through cleared land

There are barely any mature trees present, and therefore sunlight and blackberries are in every direction. The other benefit from this is that this trail has a noticeably longer harvest duration.

This makes sense if you think about it: there are blackberries along this trail with a variety of levels of light access. The plants with the best light (the plants on the North-edge of the trail) will ripen soonest, but the plants with less life will still ripen, only a bit later. This in some ways extends the harvest, as not all of the blackberries are ripening at the same time.

That might sound complicated, but it isn’t too bad once you get used to thinking about things like the orientation of the sun.

Going Off Trail Through Disturbed Lands

For the truly adventurous, searching for blackberries while wandering through recently disturbed lands without trails always guarantees an interesting time.

First, it’s entirely possible that once you get off-trail you’ll be literally surrounded by delicious wild blackberries. Here’s a screenshot of an area I found that had blackberries growing in every direction:

satellite image of disturbed lands that had been cleared

Everywhere I walked, I had wild blackberries popping up all over. The tiny dark dots you see are small pine trees that were established after this land was leveled by a tornado.

While picking was fun in this spot, there are two key things to keep in mind:

  • walking through dense 4 to 5 foot tall thorny bramble can be a nightmare
  • you’re absolutely begging to the stung by bees or wasps

It didn’t take me more than 15 minutes wandering through thick bramble to learn both of those lessons. Still fun though. Just proceed with caution if you decide to wander off trail.

How to Find Disturbed Lands

Alright, so we’ve established that finding forests recently disturbed by logging or natural disasters is the key to finding the best wild blackberry spots.

What’s the best way to go about finding these disturbed lands? For most people, the easiest thing will be to look over satellite imagery of nearby areas with a lot of accessible public land. This can be a helpful approach when looking at close-up images, as well as zoomed out imagery.

For example, by zooming out far enough we can clearly see the scar that a tornado left more than a decade ago in Northern Wisconsin:

satellite image of tornado damage from 2009 tornado in northeastern wisconsin
The red arrow is pointing out the approximately 1-mile wide section of land that was cleared by a tornado.

Not all of this screenshot is public land, but enough of it is the Nicolet National Forest and this gives me a great starting point.

Another option is to use an app like OnXMaps, which is a mapping application that is designed to show which parcels of land are publicly owned and therefore potentially open to activities like foraging. While the app is primarily meant for hunters, there are a million ways foragers could use this tool.

Their tool has many available layers of information, but one of the most helpful is the layer that shows where the Forest Service has logged in the last 15 years or so. Not all logging activity is equally interesting for us, but the app provides information on when the logging occurred and the extent of the logging.

Things to Keep In Mind While Picking Blackberries

Before we wrap up this post, I think it would be helpful to quickly cover a few things to think about before you head out to the woods to start picking wild blackberries.

Dress Appropriately for the Weather

As much as I love blackberry picking, one of the downfalls is the fact that it peaks in the hottest months of the year. This shouldn’t stop you from getting your fill of free and delicious blackberries, but you may want to make a few adjustments before heading out.

First, it may be a good idea to do most of your collecting in the early morning or the evening. At these times the sun will be lower in the sky but there still will be enough light to get a good haul.

Second, if you easily burn it might be a good idea to use any or all of the following ideas:

  • Find a wide-brimmed hat that casts shade on as much of your face as possible
  • Wear long-sleeves and pants
  • Apply sunblock to any exposed skin

Yes, wearing these layers in the peak of summer will heat you up, but it may well be worth it if it saves your skin from any additional exposure.

Related to that and equally important: remember to bring lots of water along on your trip. I try to fill up our stainless water bottles before we head out, and I generally prefer to have a spare gallon of water in the trunk just in case.

Protect Yourself from the Thorns

Unfortunately, the thorns on wild blackberries are no joke. Take them seriously, and this is yet another reason why it’s a good idea to wear long sleeve shirts and pants when out picking. The layer of clothing will help limit how many thorns contact your skin.

It’s difficult to imagine a day picking wild blackberries when you don’t come home with a few new cuts, but covering your skin with clothing helps. I find that materials like denim and cotton do a better job against thorns than synthetic fabrics, but anything is better than nothing.

And don’t wear anything that can’t take a little abuse, as the thorns will likely do some minor damage to your clothes. As such, this is a great opportunity to visit a local thrift store to pick up some gently used clothing that’s great for foraging.

Concluding Thoughts

I hope that you managed to pick up a few interesting facts or ideas when reading this article. I’ve always loved picking berries and it’s been such an interesting journey when trying to find these hidden gems in the wild.

If you got value from this article and want to learn more, you can check out this article: When to Pick Wild Blackberries. In this piece I go into greater depth about timing the wild blackberry picking season just right.