A large, deep purple, sweet, but tangy blackberry that picks in early to mid-August. Left on the vines to develop their full sweetness, these berries are a taste sensation. Since these berries fruit on canes that grew the year before, one of our challenges is preventing cold damage to the canes during the winter. The most difficult thing about harvesting these blackberries is beating our kids to them!
These are a newer variety released from the University of Arkansas. Most blackberries fruit on canes grown the summer before – making them susceptible to winter damage. Prime Jim’s fruit on canes grown earlier in the summer, so winter is not an issue. Because the canes have to grow before they fruit, they are picked later in the fall and are not quite as large as Triple Crown blackberries, but the flavor is still sweet, balanced by a nice tangy tartness.