Sweet-tart blackberries hold their own tossed into salads or smoothies or served alongside cheeses. When given the spotlight -- in pies, muffins, jams, or served plain -- their inky, sweet-tart juices evoke hikes in deep forests and summer strolls down country roads.
In Season: Blackberries peak from June to September.
What to Look For: Since berries don't ripen once plucked, choose ripe ones; they will be bright and aromatic. Avoid packages with juice showing or with bruised or moldy fruit.
How to Store: Refrigerate berries in their containers and use within a few days. Berries are sensitive to moisture; do not store in plastic bags. Wash just before use.
Blackberry-Raspberry Hand Pies
These portable pastries are simple and rewarding to put together, even if you consider yourself all thumbs in the baking department.
Blackberry Oat Bran Muffins
Moist buttermilk muffins studded with blackberries and oat bran ensure you start your day with a healthy (and delicious!) dose of fiber.
Pork Medallions with Blackberry Chutney
Blackberries simmer with shallots, brown sugar, and sherry vinegar to create a sweet-savory sauce for pan-seared pork loin.
Blackberry Skillet Cake
Blackberries soften in a layer of caramelized brown sugar to create a sweet, jamlike topping on this upside-down cake.Get the Blackberry Skillet Cake Recipe
Blackberry Cantaloupe Salad
Ginger, mint, and lime zest add a refreshing tropical twist to this colorful summer fruit salad.
Plum Blackberry Galette
A rustic galette makes you feel like a hero, though it's really one of the most forgiving desserts you could possibly put together. Any combination of stone fruit and berries tossed with sugar, butter, and a squeeze of lemon yields delicious results.
Oat Cake with Blueberries and Blackberries
A brown-sugar cinnamon cake, hearty with oats -- imagine an entire pan full of the very best muffin -- is a great base for berries that are approaching overripeness. Fold half into the batter, then put the rest on top. Their juices will release as they bake, lacing every crumb with the taste of ripe summer.
Plum Blackberry Potpie
Chinese five-spice powder and ground pepper give this down-home pie a hint of sophistication.
Blackberry Swirl Pound Cake
Puree fresh blackberries with a bit of sugar to create the fruity filling that's swirled throughout this sour cream pound cake. Try warming slices of cake on the grill, and serve with dollops of whipped cream.
Orange juice and zest add a fresh twist to this blackberry crisp. If you like, use a combination of berries in this recipe.
Blackberry Cloud Cake with Pistachios
Fluffy whipped cream, soft meringue, and fresh blackberries come together for a rolled cloud cake that's lighter than air. This dessert gets its name from its billowy texture, but the nuts give it a satisfying, earthy crunch.
Blackberry Cornmeal Cake
Yellow cornmeal brings a golden hue and a gentle crunch to this sweet-tart cake.
Blackberry Crumb Bars
These cakelike bar cookies are a portable handheld version of a summer berry crumble.
Old Bachelor's Jam and Blackberry Tart
Kirsch-kissed blackberry-raspberry jam -- said to be called "old bachelor's jam" because it is so simple to make and warming to eat -- sweetens the fresh blackberries and toasted almonds in this summer tart. The cornmeal pate-brisee crust has a pleasing crunch and beautiful golden hue.
Raise a glass to sunny days and balmy nights with these refreshing vodka cocktails.
This ridiculously easy dessert is a riff on strawberry shortcake, with buttery squares of store-bought puff pastry standing in for the biscuits and rich, gooey mascarpone cheese replacing the usual whipped cream.
Best Berry Cobbler
This cobbler is topped with simple biscuit dough that lets the berries shine. A dash of cinnamon rounds out the flavor of the fruit.
Blackberry Mint Julep
Like the original, our julep features bourbon infused with mint. But this drink's signature sweetness is tempered by the tartness of blackberries, which also tint it a gorgeous shade of purple. Another twist: Our cocktail is blended with -- rather than served over -- ice, creating a slushy texture.
Genoise Roll with Lemon Blackberry Semifreddo
Create a grown-up version of an ice cream cake, freezing rich mascarpone-blackberry filling in a roll of limoncello-soaked sponge cake.
Apricot Blackberry Puff Pastry Tart
Store-bought puff pastry is a wonderful shortcut for making summer fruit pies. Here, a sheet of the thawed pastry is topped with toasted walnuts, brown sugar, sliced apricots, and blackberries, and baked to a tender golden brown.
Blackberry Red Wine Gelatin
Juicy blackberries lend sweet-tart flavor to this mint-garnished summer dessert; red wine spices up its fruity taste and adds depth.
Apple Blackberry Pie with "Fall Leaves"
An all-butter pate brisee is the pinnacle of pie-making, rewarding bakers with a golden and delicately tender crust. Filled with sweet, jammy blackberries and tart apples, and then topped with a forest of pastry leaves, the pie crust is an impressive accomplishment worthy of the season's most important meal.
Blackberry and Ginger Trifle
Brush homemade ginger syrup over store-bought pound cake and layer with juicy berries and clouds of whipped cream to create this beauty of a summer dessert.
A classic grunt is a dumpling-topped fruit dessert that's cooked on the stove; it is often called a slump. Our grunt has blackberries and raspberries that simmer together. Then dollops of ginger-spiked dumpling batter are added to the pan, to steam in berry juice. Give everyone a dumpling and a splash of heavy cream.