When we cleared our land six years ago to build our home, all along the edge of our woods grew blackberry brambles. Everywhere.
They are just now starting to ripen.. and if you look (not too hard), you can find some sweet, juicy berries.
We still have about a two week wait for the real windfall to happen.
The kids and I eat what we pick right away. The berries don't even make it inside!
I'm always amazed at the variety of sizes.. we have jumbo goliaths (my name) and teeny weenies.
Nothing can quite match the sweetness of the itty bitty ones, but when you find one the size of your thumb, it's amazing! The large one is the biggest we could find the other day, but we have some almost twice that not quite ripe yet.
If there is even one red/pink tiny fruit on the berry, it's not quite ripe yet. Don't pick it unless you are looking for a tart, snappy taste. It won't ripen after being picked. the softer and plump it is, the sweeter the berry.
Each tiny ball is a single, individual fruit with it's own seed. Hence all the seeds when you eat them. Think of them like teeny weenie grape clusters.
You can use them in any recipe calling for berries, like muffins, jams, jellies, tarts, etc...
They make fun ammunition in Berry Wars.. yesterday my children fired them off at each other and smeared them everywhere!
Just thought you'd like to know...