Blackberries are outrageously overpriced in Germany. €2.49 I paid for a miserly 125g punnet earlier today. Two fuckin' fifty! For about five blackberries. They were gone before I realised I’d opened the punnet.
We used to eat them off the side of the road for nothin' in Wexford. Spend hours browsing brambles and gorging on the delicious fruit their thorns couldn't protect. Used to eat them bugs, animal piss and all. A perfunctory glance before each berry was thrown into the mouth, but you'd have it chewed before you processed what you'd looked at. Delicious all the same. And insects are probably nutritious.
Our only enemies at the time were the crows and magpies, who'd have them all gobbled up and gone if you let them. But at least they were honest enemies. You knew what you were dealing with.
The blackberry bandits here drive BMWs and Mercs financed from the extortion of blackberry-lovers like me. In their greed-fuelled ignorance, they tear up and down the country’s Autobahns spewing fumes on the very fruit from which they build their immoral empires.
Blackberries are the finest fruit known to humanity. I guess from now on I’ll be getting them on the blackberry market again.