Happy Thanksgiving From Overseas

Display of seed-grown vegetables at a flower show

Although the British don’t have a Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve been fortunate to have been invited to celebrations over the years and remember some of the treats that will be prepared for family and friends. This is the best I could offer as sympathetic magic. There are no sweet potatoes here to be mixed with pecans and brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, and no asparagus for the casserole, but anyone who had a quarter of these raw ingredients would surely feel thankful. Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving From Overseas”

Bramble or Blackberry: Would a Fruit by Any Name Taste as Sweet?

Bramble leaves turn red in autumn

If you want to know the difference between a bramble and a blackberry, you’ll find various definitions online:

  • A bramble is a blackberry and vice versa.
  • Blackberry is the fruit and bramble the bush.
  • Bramble is wild (Rubus vulgaris) and blackberry (Rubus fruiticosus) is cultivated.
  • Bramble is the northern name and blackberry the southern.
  • A bramble is any rough, tangled, prickly shrub, usually in the genus Rubus.
  • Some people combine the two to specify the type of fruit: blackberry bramble, raspberry bramble, loganberry bramble.

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