How to Take the Bitterness Out of Blackberries

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How to Take the Bitterness Out of Blackberries
Use blackberries in pies and other desserts. ( Images)

Blackberries are tasty and nutritious berries belonging to the same family as strawberries and raspberries. Blackberries grow in the wild and are also cultivated in temperate zones worldwide. They posses a sweet and earthy wine flavour, and are rich in phenolic acid, which is a potent antioxidant. However, at times, wild blackberries, and trailing thornless blackberries, can have a slightly bitter taste. Use sugar to sweeten blackberries and take the bitterness out of them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sugar

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  1. 1

    Wash the blackberries before eating. Put the berries in a bowl filled with water, then drain and rinse. Refrigerate the blackberries without washing, if you plan to use them later - wash just before eating.

  2. 2

    Add 1/4 cup of sugar to 2 cups of blackberries. Use a spoon to gently stir and dissolve the sugar. The sugar draws out the natural juice from the blackberries, and dissolves the bitter taste by sweetening them.

  3. 3

    Eat the sweetened blackberries plain. Alternately, add 1 tbsp of the sweetened blackberries to a glass of yoghurt, or combine with cereals, pancakes, fruit salads and milkshakes.

  4. 4

    Add sugar to blackberries, and store them in an airtight container in the freezer if you plan to use them in the long-term. Sugared blackberries retain their nutrition and texture longer than unsweetened frozen blackberries. The sugar sweetens the berries and forms a protective film that prevents oxidation due to exposure to air.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a little extra quantity of sugar than specified in recipes when using trailing thornless blackberries to prepare jellies and pies. Trailing thornless blackberries are a variety of cultivated berries that have a slightly bitter taste.

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