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to wonder why there are blackberries going bad whilst people complain that they don't have enough money to feed their family healthy food.

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froken Fri 06-Sep-13 20:16:33

We went blackberry picking today, I was expecting a couple of manky blackberries to be left because I hear so often in the media and on mumsnet people saying how they struggle to feed their dc healthy food and sometimes people saying they have a hard time finding enough money to feed their dc at all.

There was a huge amount of blackberries, we were a 20 min walk outside a major city so an easily accessible place for 1000s of families.

We picked 9 pounds of blackberries.

Aibu to think that it would be a good idea for those struggling to feed their family a healthy diet (and those struggling to feed their family at all) should be out picking the free fruit that grows all over England's public spaces?

KirjavaTheCat Fri 06-Sep-13 20:18:23


Yes, blackberries will solve all their problems.

SillyTilly123 Fri 06-Sep-13 20:19:33

I do feed my family healthy food however, we picked some the other day and found spiders and caterpillars on them so discarded them bleugh! Also I remember eating some when I was little then finding maggots in the one I was about to eat, puts me off.

JumpingJackSprat Fri 06-Sep-13 20:19:52

Theyre not exactly a balanced diet though are they?

SEmyarse Fri 06-Sep-13 20:19:54

I agree. I'm a rural van driver and snack on them all day at this time of year.

Hubby's a townie though and completely freaked out the first time I ate one while out. Thought I'd just randomly ate a berry, and didn't I know it could be poisonous. Maybe loads of people don't know you can just go and pick and eat them.

dementedma Fri 06-Sep-13 20:20:18


gamerchick Fri 06-Sep-13 20:20:20

Course it would.. They could even punnet them up to make a couple of quid with the leftovers when they've stuffed themselves to bursting.

ouryve Fri 06-Sep-13 20:20:25

Yeah, blackberries will provide 3 nutritious, filling meals a day for a family.

funkypigeon Fri 06-Sep-13 20:20:37

It is a good idea, and no, YANBU. But what else is there around? It's not like there's masses of apples and oranges up for grabs for free, and tbh, I don't think we could eat or use that many blackberries!

Snapespeare Fri 06-Sep-13 20:21:10

I honestly thought this was a 'how dare they have phones while their children eat Greggs' post. hmm

Some people might be worried that they were stealing by gathering fruit in public areas and that might significantly add to the worries they already have.

Let them eat jam..

BIWI Fri 06-Sep-13 20:21:23

How patronising.

gamerchick Fri 06-Sep-13 20:21:47

You have to drown them for days to get most of the beasties. I wouldn't just eat one straight off a bush.

dementedma Fri 06-Sep-13 20:22:19

Here in Scotland they're not even ripe yet. What should we be eating in the interim? Nettles? Grass? Twigs?

usualsuspect Fri 06-Sep-13 20:22:41

Oh yeah they can just eat blackberries.

Problem solved.

GreyWhites Fri 06-Sep-13 20:23:07

Yes they're poor because they're stupid. Why don't you distribute your 9lbs amongst the poor of your parish? And give them a lecture explaining the many ways in which they can avoid poverty whilst you're at it.

NoelHeadbands Fri 06-Sep-13 20:23:38

Hey we have loads of blackberries around us that we make great use of, but I know you're not seriously berating struggling families for not being out foraging every day... Are you?

gamerchick Fri 06-Sep-13 20:23:47

Nettle soup grin

usualsuspect Fri 06-Sep-13 20:23:54

Then they can go down the park and pick some free herbs, and maybe shoot a few free pigeons and squirrels.

UseHerName Fri 06-Sep-13 20:24:27

oh for fuck sake hmm

Mintyy Fri 06-Sep-13 20:24:44

Well, there is a limit to the number of blackberries you can eat as a stand alone fruit! To convert them into anything else edible involves mixing with apple and putting in a pie or a crumble (for example), or a ton of sugar and straining into sterilised jam jars. If I were extremely poor I doubt I would prioritise making puddings and conserves over main courses with savoury ingredients.

NoelHeadbands Fri 06-Sep-13 20:24:55

Next government initiative, we're having the food banks, go pick some grass

nenevomito Fri 06-Sep-13 20:25:16



How have we missed this? How have we dared to be upset at the number of people relying on food banks and struggling to make ends meet when we have BLACKBERRIES!

Oh. The. Humanity.

I am weeping at our foolishness. Weeping. sad sad

FannyFifer Fri 06-Sep-13 20:25:38

Loads of ripe Blackberries in my part of Scotland, made a load of jam with them yesterday.
My bairns are saved from starvation for another while..

KirjavaTheCat Fri 06-Sep-13 20:25:42

You know what else gets on my nerves OP? The way the poor are constantly moaning about being hungry, when there's plenty of protein to be found nestling under rocks and rotting wood in the form of grubs and insects.

I found LOADS behind my wheelie bin the other day. What a waste.

carabos Fri 06-Sep-13 20:26:15

9lbs of blackberries and a chicken will feed a family of six for a week won't it? hmm.

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