by Wayne Pauly from Dane County Parks ACTION Adult Conservation Team Newsletter (All folklore stories)
Blackberries, Black caps
Raspberries taste best when eaten directly from sun warmed bushes. I especially like black caps, the firm dark berries that pull off the stem like removing a knit woolen cap from a bald head.
Our raspberry garden supplies an embarrassing abundance, which we freeze as whole berries. Later, partially thawed berries are eaten like frozen popcorn, and fully thawed ones are mashed for raspberry short cake or jam.
I fully sympathize with these words from Monroe Sprowl.
If ever I dies aní yo ainít certain Iís dead,
Just butter some biscuit aní new made bread
Aní spread Ďem all over with raspberry jam,
Then step mighty softly to whar I am
Aní wave dem vittles above my head,---
If my mouf donít open, Iím certainly dead.