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Fresh Blackberries – From Warehouse to Market Street to Table… Get Some on Sale This Week!

Delicious blackberries, straight off the truck and
waiting for delivery from our distribution center.

When checking out the fresh berries in our warehouse, it was all I could do to stay out of these plump, delectable treats. I began asking others what they would do with blackberries. The overwhelming response was to make a blackberry cobbler. And one of the simplest and quickest ways to get this job done is to make a skillet cobbler. It can literally be put together in less than 10 minutes. Baking takes the longest time, but this can be done while you eat dinner. Then enjoy a warm cobbler for dessert, served right out of the skillet. You can bake it in the oven or on the grill for a summer cookout treat!
Why should you eat blackberries?

Blackberries are high in antioxidants, including quercetin, which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stop action of histamine for people with allergies. They are also rich in vitamin C, fiber and in phytochemicals (natural plant chemicals) tannin, flavonoid, and cyanidin, which have anticarcinogenic properties. One cup blackberries supply a whopping 7 grams of fiber!

Tips on using blackberries:

• Look for deep, even color with a glossy look to the berries.

Beautiful blackberries at Market Street

• Look for dents or bruising as this will cause berries to deteriorate quickly.

• Keep them refrigerated. They can only be kept for 3 to 6 days and taste best when consumed soon after purchase.

• Wash in cold water just before using.

• Add to yogurt, make a smoothie, top hot or cold cereal, add to a spinach salad, or freeze them and make a Yonanas® treat.

Skillet Blackberry Cobbler
3 Tbsp Land O’Lakes light butter
3 Tbsp canola oil
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 cup fat free milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups blackberries, washed and drained

1. Spray skillet bottom and sides to rim with nonstick cooking spray. Melt butter and oil in skillet over low heat.

2. In small bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt by hand. Stir milk and vanilla extract into dry ingredients until well mixed to make a batter.

3. Add the melted butter mixture to the batter and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the hot pan. Spoon blackberries evenly over the batter.

4. Bake in preheated oven at 350ºF for 45 to 50 minutes or until well browned. Serve warm, topped with nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt if desired.

Tip: Other fruit such as fresh apricots or peaches may be substituted or combined with blackberries. Cobbler can be cooked in covered grill over medium (indirect) heat/coals for 35 to 40 minutes.

Yield: 8 servings

Source: adapted from http://www.eatingwell.com/

Nutritional analysis per serving (frozen yogurt not included): calories 200, calories from fat 70, total fat 8g, saturated fat 1.5g, trans fat 0g, cholesterol 5mg, sodium 170mg, total carbohydrate 30g, dietary fiber 3g, sugars 16g, protein 3g, vitamin A 6%, vitamin C 15%, calcium 6%, iron 4%


  1. could you use unsweetened applesauce instead of the canola oil and still get a good result? i use unsweetened applesauce as a substitute in a lot of my baking and have been very happy with the results, but i like to ask before trying something new.

    1. I often substitute unsweetened applesauce for up to half fat or oil called for in recipes. You could substitute the applesauce for either the light butter or canola oil. I have not personally tried it in this recipe, but I don't see any reason it wouldn't work. Remember that fat has a tenderizing effect in recipes so reducing the fat could possibly alter the texture of the finished product. I often gradually reduce the fat to determine how low I can go and still retain the quality of the product. For starters, you might consider using 4 Tbsp total fat in the recipe + 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce. If this works to your satisfaction, you might try reducing by another tablespoon fat the next round. Experimenting with recipes makes it more fun!