You can't tell from the pictures but this beauty is taller than I am :)
Look how nice and deep purple the fruit is!
A basket full is acquired with the help of a long pair of tongs. Don't try to pick with your bare hands the hairs are wicked. Gloves are not a good option either because you just end up with the little spines all over your gloves.
I burned the hair spines off over and open flame. You can just leave them on and cook your batch down, the straining step will remove them.
Aren't they gorgeous!
I dice them up before cooking them down. They are a deep red purple on the inside. I pealed and diced a couple of oranges into this batch and cooked them down, no water is added. Just start on a low setting and the fruit will weep enough liquid that you don't need to add water.
The start of the cooking down process.
After the colander I poured everything into a cheese cloth bag for the final strain. I added about three cups of sugar to the juice, brought it up to a boil then added liquid pectin. On the next batch I am going to leave the pectin out and see how well it sets up just off the extra pectin from adding the orange pulp. I have had really good luck with this method with cranberries.
All jarred up and ready for the water bath. I water bathed these for five minutes.