Despite blackberry season generally beginning in June, these plump, sweet berries hold strong autumnal connotations; baked in comforting crumbles and pies, or lending a juicy sweetness to game dishes. With the fruit so abundant in hedgerows up and down the country, there's no excuse not to go foraging for yourself and try some of our fantastic blackberry recipes.
For a summer blackberry recipe try Shaun Hill's Panna cotta, served with a medley of seasonal berries. When the days get shorter and the desire for comfort food takes over, Adam Gray's Apple and blackberry crumble recipe is the perfect pudding, or try Geoffrey Smeddle's Autumn Eton mess for an innovative twist on a classic dessert.
Blackberries also work well in savoury dishes, particularly paired with gamier meat. Roast pheasant breast by James MacKenzie is served alongside pickled blackberries and a parsnip purée, while William Drabble's stunning Roast grouse with blackberries is a fantastic and impressive dinner party dish.