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Blackberry Crisp Recipe

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons water

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup cold butter

  • Vanilla ice cream

Directions

  1. Place blackberries in a greased 1-qt. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water and lemon juice until smooth. Pour over berries. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over berries.

  2. Bake, uncovered, at 375° until filling is bubbly, 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.

Blackberry History

The Blackberry is native to Eurasia, and was used by the Greeks to treat gout and its leaves were used by the Romans to make tea for treating various ailments.In Colonial America, according to American botanist William Bartram, a General Oglethorpe was dispatched in 1733 to the then-colony of Georgia to set up various temperate and subtropical plants. William also mentioned that John Bartram, his father, was sent to the southern colonies after the Spanish were expelled to take stock of the flowers that were being developed there. Bartram noted that, outside of Mobile, Alabama, blackberries grew ‘here 5 or 6 feet high, rambling like Brier vines over the fences and shrubs.’ Many early blackberry varieties were developed in America, starting with Judge Logan’s Loganberry in California. Some other early varieties were the Boysenberry and the Youngberry. The Boysenberry was developed from a natural selection from saved from the abandoned farm of a Mr. Rudolf Boysen by George Darrow and Walter Knott. The farm later became known as Knott’s Berry Farm. The Youngberry, a hybrid of Luther Burbank’s Phenomenal Berry and the Austin-Mayes Dewberry, hailed from Louisiana, and quickly replaced the Boysenberry. Blackberries are currently found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Citations

1.(2022b, April 2). Blackberry Crisp. Taste of Home. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/blackberry-crisp/

2..D. (2022, January 15). History Of Blackberry Plants. DBA Press. https://dbapress.org/history-blackberry-plants/


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