Best Blackberries for Jam

A jar of blackberry jam plus ripe blackberries on a white bowl.

Blackberries are one of the summer’s true simple pleasures, and making a tasty homemade blackberry jam is easy.

Because blackberries are high in pectin, making a blackberry jam with no extra pectin is simple. For blackberry jam, all you need is blackberries and a pinch of sugar, but a splash of lemon juice will help bring out the berry taste.

Sugar in jam is a matter of taste, and we make almost all of our jams using low-sugar methods.

The main advantage of adding additional sugar is increased yield. Because of the high sugar content, the blackberry jam gels rapidly and doesn’t cook down much. A full sugar jam’s texture is likewise less thick, with fewer seeds. The jam thickens quickly after only a few minutes of stirring, which means less time and more jam for your blackberry harvest.

This homemade blackberry jam is packed with concentrated blackberry flavor, quick to create, thickens up beautifully without the need for pectin, and can be used in a variety of delectable ways. Nothing compares to the freshness and richness of flavor of homemade jam; store-bought simply cannot match. This pectin-free blackberry jam tastes like blackberry flavor on steroids – it’s incredible!

Best Blackberries for Jam

Some of the best blackberries for making jams include:

· Apache

The Apache Blackberry is a thornless erect blackberry with larger fruit and seed that ripens 15 days later than the Arapaho. Of the three thornless cultivars, Apache delivers the largest fruit. The fruit is 10 grams in weight. It’s resistant to orange rust.

The Apache Blackberry is an extremely productive variety that was chosen for its excellent flavor, high output, and enormous fruit size. These sparkling black fruits have a delicious flavor that makes them excellent for eating fresh or including into your favorite pies, jams, and jellies. They ripen from mid-June to late July. In 5′ wide rows, space 5′ apart. Plant in a 6′ circle for one plant. The canes that bear fruit are quite strong and stand erect; thus, Apache Blackberry bushes do not require the support of a trellis or fence once established.

· Triple Crown

The three qualities that make up the Triple Crown are flavor, productivity, and vitality. Disease resistance and huge berries are two further features of this robust cultivar. From the end of July until the beginning of August, the thornless blackberry ripens for about a month. The semi-erect canes can be trellised or pruned to an easy picking height of 42′′ in the summer. It grows well on both the East and West Coasts.

Triple Crown is a trailing Blackberry that produces big fruit yields consistently year after year. The enormous black beauties ripen to a juicy sweet flavor over a 5-week period, and you can harvest and eat them every day for over 30 days. The shrub is thornless and semi-erect, bearing huge, tasty fruit. Without trellising, strong canes can support many pounds of fruit. For home gardeners, Triple Crown would be a fantastic choice to help lengthen the blackberry season.

· Arapaho

The Arapaho blackberry is a thornless, upright shrub that produces enormous red and black fruit early in the season. The berries are solid and flavorful, with little seeds that make jams and syrups easy to make. This plant is self-supporting, so there’s no need for a trellis.

· Chester

Because of its large production, tasty fruit, cold tolerance, resistance to cane blight, and, of course, absence of thorns, Chester is one of the best self-pollinating blackberry cultivars available. Although the fast-growing canes are strong, they do require some support because they can grow up to 10 feet long. Fruit ripens on the previous year’s growth in July. A life in full sun, attentive watering, appropriate mulching, and effective weed control produce the juiciest, most delectable berries.

The Chester trailing blackberry yields huge, strongly flavored, very wonderful berries for freezing and preserving. It’s finest served cold, on ice cream, or in cobblers and pies. Blackberries are nearly impossible to come by these days at a reasonable price in the grocery store. You can do the arithmetic when one plant can produce up to 20 pounds of berries. In the home garden, this is a must-have.

How Long Will Blackberry Jam last?

The exact answer is highly dependent on storage conditions. Keep opened blackberry jam refrigerated and covered to extend its shelf life. Continuously chilled blackberry jam will normally keep for about a year at its peak quality.

Is It Safe to Use Opened Blackberry Jam after the Expiration Date?

Yes, as long as it has been properly stored, the jar isn’t damaged, and there are no indications of spoilage. Commercial blackberry jam will generally have a ‘Best Before Date,’ but this isn’t necessarily an expiry date. It is the estimate made by the manufacturer about how long the jam will stay at its best.

The recommended storage time for opened blackberry jam is for optimal quality only; beyond that, the texture, color, or flavor of the jam may vary, but it should still be safe to eat if it has been kept chilled for at least 24 hours, the jar is intact, and there are no symptoms of deterioration.

The best technique is to smell and inspect the blackberry jam: if it develops an awful odor or flavor, or if mold forms, toss it away.

Some ways to Use Blackberry Jam

  • Fill cupcakes and muffins
  • Fill sponge cakes
  • Fill fruit bars
  • Spread on homemade crumpets
  • Filled in pop tarts
  • Use in jelly rolls
  • Use in British trifles
  • Filled in layer cakes
  • Filled in pastries
  • Topped on cheesecake
  • Ice cream topping
  • Mixed in Greek yogurt
  • Filling for crepes
  • Flavor cake frostings
  • Use in thumbprint cookies or Linzer Kekse.

Final Thoughts

We have listed some of the best blackberries for jams. So if you intend to make blackberry jam, use the varieties we have listed.

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