Friday 12 September is National Blackberry Day and to celebrate, Yves Quemerais, The French Chef at Home is sharing three of his delicious recipes to make use of this year’s abundant blackberry crop.
A professional chef who trained under acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse and with more than 25 years’ experience in his home country of France, Yves aims to bring a French culinary experience to food-lovers’ homes and celebratory events by combining the traditional gourmet flavours of France with abundant fresh Yorkshire produce.
Recipes include; Fresh figs and smoked duck filets salad with blackberry dressing, Roasted Yorkshire goose with blackberry, orange and tarragon and Seasoned mussels with Pineau des Charentes and blackberries.
Says Yves: “It is a dream come true for my family to have relocated to Yorkshire – we love the countryside, the people, and of course the delicious local produce.
“Yorkshire is a county rich and diverse in so many things – people, places, culture and heritage and is rightly renowned for the exceptional quality and diversity of its culinary offering. Cooking and eating local and seasonal produce helps put us back in touch with ourselves and the countryside in a fast-paced world.
“Friday (12 September) is ‘National Blackberry Day’. This year’s earlier warm and dry weather was perfect for blackberries and the sweet and nutrient-dense fruit is ripening now right around the region. So in celebration of all things blackberry, rather than just making it into jam or a crumble, why not try my top three recipes to make good use of this year’s crop?”
French Chef At Home can create menus to suit your occasion, from five-course set menus to canapés or finger buffets.
Ten things you never knew about blackberries:
- Other names for blackberries include brambleberries, bramble, dewberry, thimbleberry and lawers
- Consumption of blackberries helps promote thetightening of tissue and help maintain cognitive function
- The high tannin content of blackberries reduces intestinal inflammation, alleviates hemorrhoids and soothes the effects of diarrhea
- Traditionally, the leaves and barks of the plant have also been consumed. The leaves of blackberries have been used to treatinflammation of the gums and sometimes even sore throats.
- The astringent tannins are effectivewhen used as a gargle or mouthwash.
- Blackberries contain vitamin K which helps to relax muscles and can be used to alleviate labour pains.
- As part of a regular diet, the juice can also be used to regulate menstruation (it is very effective in helping blood to clot)
- Folklore has it that blackberries should not be pick after Old Michaelmas Day (11 October) as the devil has made them unfit to eat