Brambles or blackberries is there any difference?

I think the Scots call them brambles and everyone else calls them blackberries. 🙂

While our elder daughter was staying with us last weekend we went  blackberrying.

This doesn’t look like a very good spot for blackberries but we were able to find enough for our needs. I had seen blackberries on my morning walks but I had not spotted these ones and they were closer to home than the ones I had planned to take the children to.  A shorter walk is better for a two year old!  Our six year old grandson enjoyed himself and like all children when berry picking, enjoyed sampling a few while filling his container.


After a bit of foraging


and some scratches on the very helpful two year old, plus some dropped berries, we had a small collection, enough for some jam.


My daughter made some jam to take home and kindly left a jar of jam for us to enjoy.


I have some lovely memories as a child collecting brambles in Scotland. My dad used to make crab apple and bramble jelly. Collecting blackberries with my daughter and grandchildren brought back those happy memories.  We also used to go blackberrying in Canberra with my sister’s family.  Our children had lots of fun with their cousins.

Judging by this photo the blackberries will be around for a bit longer so I will have the chance to get some more.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Great excursion with the bairns! Leon and Ian have been out two or three times already and we have a good store in the freezer now.

  2. Yum! I’m very envious. We have blackberries in our local park most years but this year unfortunately they were sprayed :(.

    1. suth2 says:

      Yes, they sprayed some of the blackberries here last year but no evidence of that activity this year.

  3. Yvonne says:

    Oh that brings back happy memories of bramble picking in Scotland when I was a wee girl – happy days 🙂

    1. suth2 says:

      I can also remember getting blaeberries in the woods. I think they were called blaeberries, not blueberries. They grew along the ground not as a bush.

  4. Northern Narratives says:

    Fresh berries, yummy 🙂

  5. Winter Owls says:

    We used to pick blackberries in the paddocks behind our house as kids. I loved it but still can feel the itchy scratches when you got caught by a prickle! Your jam looks delicious by the way. 🙂

    1. suth2 says:

      The jam is delicious as I had some on toast yesterday morning.

  6. I wonder why it is that we call them brambles, I really don’t know. My mum is mad keen on harvesting brambles and every autumn her freezer becomes full of them. They last all through the winter, supplying berries to put into apple and blackberry crumbles – delicious! How lovely that you’re carrying on a tradition you remember from your youth, passing it on to your grandchildren.

    1. suth2 says:

      I had forgotten all about apple and blackberry crumble. How could I forget that delicious taste and the comforting feeling when eating it.

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