Monday, 4 October 2010

It's October, Don't Eat the Blackberries.........

The feast of St. Michael or Michaelmas is celebrated on 29th September and it was believed that as St. Michael cast Satan out from heaven, the devil contrived to put his foot on a blackberry bush as he fell to the nether regions. 
Since then, blackberries are said to have the devil in them from Michaelmas day onwards and are thought to be useless for jam making and likely to cause digestive troubles.
The truth comes from the fact that at this time, overipe blackberries have lost most of their pectin ( which assists jam to set ) and it is due to this reason that they produce an unsatisfactory preserve.


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