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Blackberries 101: Storage & Serving Success

At California Giant Berry Farms, our farmers grow blackberries with pride and lots of love. Our blackberries are naturally nutritious, versatile, sweet and delicious—in other words, the berry best. 

How to Select Blackberries 

When shopping for blackberries at your favorite retailer, choose berries that are deep purple and even in color. Inspect the clamshell on all sides, ensuring that it is free from crushed, moldy or bruised berries and excess moisture.   

Did You Know? 

Our growers hand-pick each berry and place them directly into the recyclable containers you pick up at the grocery store. 

How to Store Blackberries 

Blackberries should be kept refrigerated and stored in their original package. Once in your home, we recommend that the berries are inspected. Removing any dull, decayed or broken fruit. To keep your berries as fresh as possible, store them unwashed in the refrigerator in their original container. Just before you are ready to enjoy, gently wash the berries under cool tap water, as they are not a ready-to-eat product. On average, fresh raspberries are best eaten within 1-3 days of purchase. 

Don’t forget, you can always freeze fresh blackberries. If you are unable to finish your berries, wash them, pat them dry, and lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze the berries on an uncovered cookie sheet for at least 24 hours, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container and use them later for smoothies or baked goods. 

Did You Know? 

Frozen blackberries are perfect for baking or smoothies and can be stored for 3-5 months!   

What to Make with Blackberries  

Tropical Blackberry-Basil Coconut Smoothie 


This Tropical Blackberry Basil Coconut Smoothie is a quick, refreshing treat.

 Grilled Naan with Blackberry Relish  


A sweet and savory take on flatbread. Rosemary and blackberry come together with honey and goat cheese to create a delicious appetizer or even meal!

Apple Bourbon & Blackberry Sour


Blackberries add a deep purple color to this light Apple Bourbon & Blackberry Sour cocktail.


Which recipe will you make first? Let us know below! 

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