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Berry Dangerous Beauties

Jun 28, 2017 | From the kitchen of Rose


Black raspberries have the hardest seeds of any berry I know. I've always enjoyed picking the wild berries that grow down the road and eating them--some on the spot and others with yogurt or ice cream. But this Sunday something really bad happened and I want to warn you. One of the berry seeds cracked one of my perfectly healthy teeth.

Channeling my mother, who was dentist, I immediately contact her beloved replacement, Dr. Kellen Mori, who arranged to have me come in the very next day. This was so fortunate because she was able to save the tooth even though it had cracked very deeply. One day later would have been too late. I now have a temporary crown and we are hoping no root canal will be needed.

I will never again chomp on a black raspberry, however, there is a silver lining to the story: I have frozen the rest of our berry harvest to make into ice cream. It will be in the upcoming ice cream book. And I no longer have to look at the berries as enemies.


Rose Levy Beranbaum
Rose Levy Beranbaum in reply to comment from Jeri
07/ 9/2017 02:36 PM

i have lots in the freezer and plan to experiment with concentrating it!


I meant "reduced black raspberry juice" not "sauce". Oops.


Black raspberries make lovely jelly.

Could frozen berries be made into one of your fruit sauces? I've made the raspberry and strawberry sauce often, but they require the pulp of the berries to be successful. Maybe a strawberry or peach base with reduced black raspberry sauce.

Your broken tooth will make a good story. My husband broke a tooth on a chocolate-covered cherry from Paris' Maison au Chocolate.


Rose Levy Beranbaum
Rose Levy Beranbaum
06/30/2017 12:25 PM

thank you both! as of today i have enough to make 3 batches of ice cream! they're in the freezer--vacuum sealed.


So sorry to hear about your tooth, but glad you were able to keep it!


Shirley Townsend
Shirley Townsend
06/28/2017 06:19 PM

My mother loved them. While visiting my sister she picked berries to make cobbler eating as much as she collected. She ended up in the emergency room with diverticulitis. Those seed collected in a diverticuli. The next year thinking it was a fluke she picked and munched again. Once more she got to visit them emergency room for diverticulitis.

So be careful if you have those issues.



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