Wild blackberries are very sour; how do I get them sweeter - Knowledgebase Question

Ooltewah, TN
Question by Nicky_14
June 22, 2007
I have wild blackberries in my yard and they a very sour. How do I get them to be sweeter?


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Answer from NGA
June 22, 2007

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Some wild berries are just naturally sweeter than others; it has to do with genetics. But, you may be harvesting them too soon. All blackberries can increase sweetness when left on the canes until the bitter end, when the berries change from a shiny to a dull color, and pull off very easily from the canes. Unfortunately, that is also when sweet eating ants, birds, and other creatures also find them most attractive.

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