Re: [gardeners] Wednesday in the garden

Allen Merten (
Thu, 16 Mar 2000 02:18:57 -0600

    This is not from George, but we too are looking at a bumper crop of Dew
Berries. They are a close relative of Blackberries. Dew berries have a more
low growing habit, usually close to the ground unless something gets in the
way. The Dew Berry Vine will then climb over or onto the object it reaches,
like a fence, fallen limb, low growing shrub, etc.
    Black Berries that I am familiar with are more upright with thick canes
that grow up, out and then arc downward.
    Both berries are a Southern favorite for pies, jellies, jams, toppings,
juice, and wine. The berry is sweetest and juiciest early in the morning
when the "dew" is still on the ground. Ripe stage is black. The berry starts
out green, changes to red, red & black, then black. I like to mix some red &
black berries with the ripe black ones for a little tart taste to go along
with the sweet taste of the ripe berries. Ratio of 4 cups of ripe berries to
1 cup of partially ripe, red and black berries.
    Allen, famous maker of home made Dew Berry pie
    Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
    Zone 8