Blackberry (or brambles) is a native species that has grown in hedgerows, woodland, meadows and scrub-land across Britain (and Europe) for thousands of years. The fruit is small juicy and sweet and packed with healthy vitamins. Blackberry season in Britain spans from the end of summer to the beginning of autumn and coincides very nicely with the ripening of our native apples. Apple pie (and its many variations) is typically a southern English dish, due to the vast number of orchards in the south. However traditional recipes can be traced as far north as Scotland. Most modern recipes require sugar but the very earliest recipes did not, as sugar was not widely available at that time.
Serve hot or cold with ice cream, custard or cream. However, for a real taste of the west country, serve with a generous spoonful of Cornish Clotted Cream (as illustrated above).