Editor’s Note: Interesting passage from one of Evans-Wentz’ witnesses in Cornwall. Evans-Wentz has been delicate here but, parallels with Irish tradition, suggest that fairies urinate or defecate on blackberries.
The ‘Little Folk’. ‘The old people thoroughly believed in the ‘little folk’, and that they gambolled all over the moors on moonlight nights. Some pixies would rain down blessings and others curses; and to remove the curses people would go to the wells blessed by the saints. Whenever anything went wrong in the kitchen at night the pixies were blamed. After the 31st of October [or after Halloween] the blackberries are not fit to eat, for the pixies have then been over them’ (178-179)