Customers have been requesting a hardy Blackberry for years–and now we have them! ‘Chester’ forms huge arching canes and astonishingly large, deep black, very sweet berries. Ideal eaten fresh or made into preserves and blackberry wine or just frozen for later use. Very vigorous vine, growing 2-3 m (6 to 9 ft) easily, so space is essential! Fruit starts to mature in late August and continues for several weeks. Grow Chester up a trellis or along a fence where the self-supporting stems will hold themselves up and offer you their rich pickings!
Likes full sun and a moist rich soil. Grow in rows, spacing the plants at least 2 m (6 ft) apart and with support if possible, stakes or trellis. They are a very vigorous grower up to 3 m (10 ft) easily
Single Jar Blackberry Jam
1 lb blackberry (around 3 cups)
1 1⁄4 cups sugar
In a non-reactive pan, mash the blackberries with a potato masher. Add the sugar and heat the contents over medium heat, stirring gently, until the sugar is dissolved. Raise the heat to medium-high and boil the mixture until a drop mounds in a chilled dish (this took around 10 minutes for me).
Pour the jam into a jar and cap the jar tightly. Store in refrigerator. This jam should keep for several weeks.