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Best Fresh Fruit Recipes: Blackberries, Apples and Grapes

Updated on October 17, 2013
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The following fruit recipes use fruits, peels, and juice that you extract easily yourself at home. You can adjust the amounts of sugars in these dishes and substitute honey if you like. I find that the Blackberry Jelly just below is equally good with red or black raspberries and even mulberries.

Blackberries and Raspberries

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Blackberries or Brable Raspberries. [From photographer Tom Curtis on] Red Raspberries. [From]
Blackberries or Brable Raspberries. [From photographer Tom Curtis on]
Blackberries or Brable Raspberries. [From photographer Tom Curtis on]
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Red Raspberries. [From]

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: Several Jelly Jars

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Simple Two-Ingredient Blackberry Jelly

This recipe provides about 5 jelly glasses of blackberry jelly.

All You Need Is:

  • 4 Cups of Blackberry Juice – This would be 2.5 Quart baskets of blackberries and 3/4 Cup (12 oz.) of water to produce the juice (instructions).
  • 3 Cups sugar


  • Where you have the choice, choose about 1/4 of the berries to be a bit under-ripe and the rest ripe but not mushy.
  • Sort the berries, discarding any rotten or dried up berries, then wash them. Drain on a clean kitchen towel.
  • Remove berry stems or caps, crush berries, and place into a medium sized saucepan
  • Add water and cover the pan.
  • Bring the pan to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Strain the pulp for the compost pile and keep the juice.
  • <Interlude>
  • Measure the blackberry juice you just made into a pot.
  • Pour in sugar and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Boil the syrup over high heat until the jelly mixture falls in sheets from a metal spoon dipped in. While cooking, rinse clean jelly glasses in very hot water.
  • Remove the pot from the burner; skim off the jelly foam and pour jelly quickly into hot containers and seal with hot paraffin.

Lucious Green Grapes


Two - Edition Grape Pie

This pie bakes up best if you can pick green grapes while their seeds are still soft. Ask your local famer’s market staff if they can help you with that. If you live in an area that offers pick-your-own eating grapes, so much the better – and more fun. Take the kids with you for picking fresh produce in the country air.


  • 1 Cup of green grapes
  • 1 Cup of granulated sugar
  • A small quantity of spring water to dissolve the sugar
  • 1 Unbaked pie shell or
  • Alternate Cobbler Crust Ingredients (see Instructions)


  • Wash grapes and place them in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Simmer grapes until the skins are tender.
  • Pour the cooked grapes into a pie shell and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Alternate Cobbler Crust

  • 1 stick of butter/margarine
  • 1 Cup each flour, sugar, and milk
  • 1 tsp each of salt and baking power
  • Melt the butter in a baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, mix all remaining ingredients.
  • Pour the crust batter into the baking dish with out any stirring.
  • Pour the grape filling into the batter without stirring.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F until cobbler crust rises and browns.

Cottage Cheese is popular with fruit.
Cottage Cheese is popular with fruit. | Source
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[From photographer Atanu Ghosh at]
[From photographer Atanu Ghosh at]

Apple-y Cottage Cheese Pie

Cottage Cheese in pie? Yes, another unual combination. Cheddar cheese has long been an accompaniment for apple pie in America. This recipe offers a different type of cheesy custard atop fresh baked apple slices in a golden brown pastry.


  • 1 pie crust in a 9-inch pie pan, or purchase ready made
  • 2 Whole eggs
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup scalded Half-and-Half
  • 3/4 Cup 2% milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 Cup cottage cheese, any style or fat content
  • 4 Large apples to make 1 Cup apples, sliced very thins and then measured
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Beat eggs lightly in a bowl; pour in sugar, salt, Half-and-Half, milk, vanilla, and cottage cheese, mix lightly and set aside this CUSTARD mixture.
  • Peel, core, and slice 4 large apples.
  • Combine the sliced apples with 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and pour into the pie crust.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  • Turn down the oven to 325 degrees F; scoop CUSTARD evenly over the top surface and bake for another 40 minutes so that the top becomes golden brown.


Pear Preserves

Pears are one of my favorite fruits, for eating alone, in pies, and as preserves. Use your favorite variety from your market or your own tree.

Provides a Dozen 8oz jelly jars of conserve.

  • 1 dozen sterilized glass canning jars, lids, and rings.
  • 5 Pounds of ripe pears to yield 15 cups cut up fruit
  • 10 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups seedless raisins
  • 1/2 Cup orange rind, small dice
  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice


  • Wash and peel the pears and cut them up to the desired size - bite sized pieces are good.
  • Place the cut up pears into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add all the sugar to the pears and let stand covered overnight.
  • Next morning, add seedless raisins, orange rind, and the juices form the oranges and lemons.
  • Cook the fruit mixture until thickened – for about 30-35 minutes.
  • Pour into the sterilized jelly canning jars and leave empty a 1/2 inch of headspace.
  • Put on caps, and ring bands and tighten.
  • Process the jars in a Boiling Water Bath for 10 minutes..[See this link for Boiling Water Bath Processing under "Watermelon Preserves."]

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Golden Citrus Pear Marmalade

Makes 6 Cups of marmalade, packed in pint or half-pint glass canning jars


  • 3 pint or 6 half-pint canning jars, lids, and ring bands
  • 2 Large oranges
  • Spring water – several quarts
  • 4 Pounds pears to yield 9 cups of pears of a large dice
  • 2 Cups canned crushed pineapple
  • Granulated sugar (See Instructions for measurement)
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 8-oz. bottle of red maraschino cherries, halved


  • Wash oranges and peel them. Toss out the fibrous white membranes or use in compost.
  • Using the peels, add 1 quart of water and the peels to a large pot placed over medium- high heat and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the peels and discard the water – use it in the garden.
  • Add another quart of water and boil again 5 minutes; drain and discard water again.
  • Grind these peels and oranges together the pot.
  • Wash, peel, seed, and core the pears –- Make sure to remove all seeds and sharp fibers.
  • Cut the pears up into a large dice and combine them with the orange mixture and the pineapple.
  • Measure the amount of fruit you have at this point with a measuring cup. Add in an amount of sugar equal to half the amount of the fruit mixture.
  • Add lemon juice to the fruit and sugar and mix very well.
  • Cook fruit over medium-high heat to a rapid boil and continue until almost thick. This should take 30 to 40 minutes - - Stir every 10 minutes.
  • Add in the halved cherries and cook the entire pot of fruit mix for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the jelly into the sterilized glass jars with 1/2 inch of empty head space at the top of each. Put on the jar caps and screw the ring bands on snug.
  • Lower jars into a boiling water bath for 10 minutes (see recipe above).



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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      This hub appeals to my sweet tooth. I am a jelly and marmalade freak! Bookmarking!

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      Kari Herreman 6 years ago from Ontario, California

      This hub looks like my dream pantry. I am going to sample these selections!! Will post results!

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      marawan khaled 7 years ago

      hey cansome body tell me about fresh fruits like apple and those things

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Patty English. Hi. Wow what great Recipes, they all sound delicious and very healthy.

      Will put them in my Recipe Book.

      Thank you for sharing your Recipes,I have already tried a few and they were really nice. :) :)

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi marisuewrites! - Very good to see you again.

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      marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

      I do love your recipes! and delightfully "put together" wow, I've missed all your deliscious-ness. YUMMM

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      EnergyAdvisor 7 years ago from The nearest planet to Venus

      mmmmm delicious recipes! can't wait to try them out!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great recipes. I will rate and bookmark. Its that time of year. I can't wait to try some of these.

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Like the lay of the land - looks great~

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      Vizey 8 years ago

      Wow , You must be having a great collection of recipes. I would like to read more about it. I am a regular eater of black berries.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      ABlinese - Let us know how your marmalade comes out now. Delicious, I hope.

      RGraf - Blackberry pie is also one of my favorites. Glad you stopped by.

      Jerilee - I do hope you like the pie recipe. I love fruit recipes. Let us know what you think of the pie. Thanks!

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      I've bookmarked these recipes not for future use, but for the very near future. Have to try the cottage cheese apple pie recipe.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Blackberries are my all time favorite. My mother made the best blackberry cobblers. thanks for the recipes.

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      Balinese 8 years ago from Ireland

      Hi Patty

      Great recipe - because i was strugle to make marmalade.Thanks


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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      JYOTI KOTHARI - I hope you enjoy these recipes very much. Thaks for visiting and I hope to provide more vegetarian recipes.

      advisor4qb - Grape pie is unusual, and I like it much better than raisin pie.Hope you like it!

      A2JinMi - Thanks for commenting - fruit is delicious, especailly fresh.

      Zsuzsy Bees - You have a millions berries already and it's only mid-july! How blessed you are. Please enjoy the jams up there for me. I must go to the fram market here soon - blackberry pie is one of the best,too, imo. Great to have you visit!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty I just came in from the yard with a four quart basket full of blackberries. They are so sweet this year. (Not only are my fingers stained but so are my lips...I wonder how that happened) It looks as if it will be a bumper crop this year. I already have 9 quart containers in the freezer. I always wait until I have all the different berries before I make up jams.

      Great hub as always, as are the pictures you added.

      I hope you're well

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      A2JinMI 8 years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan

      Great recipes for summertime, when fruit is so plentiful. Thanks!

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Wow. Grape pie. I like the sound of that!

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Paty,

      Nice recipes. We are vegetarians and find only few articles about vegetarian recipes. You have done wonderful job. Thumbs up!

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the nice comment skye2day!

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      skye2day 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi Patti Patti Here. I thank you for taking the time to post these yummies.

      And good for us as well. I will return. You are darlin.


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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      skgrao - Try the natural plant-based substitute called Stevia. I have used it and it if good. Beet sugar should also work. Call the health food stores for no-surgar added jams and jellies - AND - Smuckers makes no-sugar added jams, sold in regular grocery stores.

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      S K G Rao. 8 years ago from Bangalore City - INDIA.

      I want it in India the Blue Berrys Jam with no sweet as I am Type 2 Diabitic whare can I buy in Sunnyvale CA as my son is coming to India few weeks from now.How much it costs.He had brought last here which said less sugar but did not say no sugar,can you use Beat root sugar to make this or other Jams for us unfortunate Diabitics.Type 2 no Insulin shots are used.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for all the comments! The Apple Cottage Cheese Pie is delicious and filling and does not contain much sugar per serving.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      More interesting recipes, thanks again

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      Horrya 8 years ago

      Hi ! Nice Hub ! Thanks !

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great recipes. I will have to try the Apple Cottage Cheese pie. Sounds different.

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      my-success-guru 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      You are most welcome Patty :)

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the visit and nice comments. Best of success to you!

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      my-success-guru 8 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi Patty,

      Great healthy recipes I'm am really getting hungry!!!

      To Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness!!!