Growing up my kids loved to pick wild dewberries. Some called them wild blackberries. A vacant field near our house has plenty of these low spikey vines. The ones my husband hates and pulls them up wherever they get in his way. Very prickly plants.
I also remember as a kid picking wild dewberries. They seem to ripen before the wild blackberries here. Some people say they went blackberry pickin’ and others went dewberry pickin’. I decided to find out the difference between the 2 berries or are they the same thing.
Dewberries ripen before the wild blackberries here. Biggest issue is picking the berries without getting scratched up. Dewberries grow on vines which run along the ground, a kind of ground cover. The biggest difference is the spiky stems. Look kind of hairy don’t they?
Now blackberries have bigger and fewer thorns. Blackberries grow more upright than dewberries. Either way is yummy. My favorites though are the University of Arkansas’s thornless blackberries. Tasty, no thorns, larger berries.
Our area is blessed with several pick your own berry farms. My favorite place for blackberries is Enoch’s Berry Farm in Fouke. We’ve picked there for several years, and they really are tasty sun warmed and freshly picked off the vine. Enoch’s also sells blackberry plants to grow your own. You have to order in advance as they sell out quite quickly.
More on Dewberries and Blackberries
Enoch’s Berry Farm Pick your own blackberries, buy blackberry plants, how to grow blackberries
Local Harvest Search for blackberries or other locally harvested goodies in your area
Southern Dewberry listing in native plant database
Dewberry Merriwether’s Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Texas and the Southwest