When was the last time we had fresh white, red or black blackberries? Fresh blackberries from the garden are a thing of the past, at least in urban areas. Gone are the days when we could pluck them from a neighborhood tree and put it in our mouths on a lazy walk. Now it is an expensive fruit that comes in bundles. But the nostalgia remained. Actor Siddharth recently quoted the dark red fruit on Twitter and recalled his school years. Siddharth’s quote tweet showed a photo of juicy blackberries being sold on a roadside stall in Afghanistan.
Blackberries in a bowl
The original tweet read: “Shahoot. What do you call that?” Siddharth wrote: âMulberry? I used to remove it from a tree in my school in Delhi. I called Shahtoot there too.
Ripe? I used to remove it from a tree in my school in Delhi. Called Shahtoot there too. https://t.co/CeChpNHVvIâ Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) July 13, 2021
A flood of reactions followed his tweet. Many users have commented on their memories of blackberries.
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One user wrote that as a child they “never used to buy this”, but always plucked it from the trees.
as kidi we never used to buy this always ripped off trees – El Camino (@ ElCamino008) July 13, 2021
Another wrote: “How times have changed. Used to pick it up and eat it or waste it. Now it’s coming in boxes.”
how times have changed, used to pick it and eat it or waste it. Now it’s coming in boxes !!! – Honey George (@ honeygeorge74) July 13, 2021
A third user said it was unfortunate that “people in the Delhi NCR area do not know its value” because “most of this waste falls on the roads”.
Unfortunately, the people of Delhi NCR area do not know its value. Most of this waste falls on the roads … – Dr Elayaraja Paramu (@elayarajaparamu) July 13, 2021
One user commented on the reduction of mulberry trees in North India and wondered “why”.
The Shatoot comes in different shapes and colors … Round and long … Dark red and light gray like grapes. It’s more or less a separate fruit now … God only knows why! – Atul Asthana (@ atuluae17) July 13, 2021
A few users have also noted the regional names of this fruit.
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Even we call him Shaitoot in Maharashtra ???????? – Moaz Momin (@MoazMomin) July 13, 2021
They are called “Tul” in Kashmir! – Syed bilal (@ Syedbil62264011) July 13, 2021
shetoor in gujarati – chaudhary dilipkumar (@ dilipkumar2007) July 13, 2021
If you’re in the mood for a trip back to the good ol ‘mulberry days, we’ve got a few recipes for you. Discover them:
1) Very Berry Khatta
This tangy drink has the punch of blackberries with orange wedges, pomegranate, grape juice, lime slices and black salt. Add a little kala khatta syrup and your fruity wonder is ready.
This tangy drink has the punch of blackberries
2) Berry Kanji
The traditional drink uses fermented carrots but we can make it delicious with blackberries. Mix the frozen berries with spices like ajwain, black salt, and chaat masala. You can add a smoky flavor to enhance the spiciness.
. You can add a smoky flavor to enhance the spiciness.
3) berry and banana smoothie
Mix blackberries with other berries of your choice, mix them all with low fat yogurt, banana, orange juice and cinnamon. You are sure to have an explosion of flavors with this smoothie.
You are sure to have an explosion of flavors with this smoothie.
4) Nut, berry and beetroot smoothie bowl
You can boost the health factor by mixing berries, beets, oats, and nut milk in a healthy bowl. Add ginger and mint for flavor.
5) White chocolate parfait with berry compote
Perfects take time but this one is worth the wait. Once the white chocolate parfait is ready, prepare the blackberry syrup by heating the fruit with the sugar in a saucepan. Pour over and enjoy.
Let us know your favorite way to have blackberries.