Friday, June 19, 2009

In season: thimbleberries

Next up for wild berries? Thimbleberries. Currently, the bushes are filled with flowers and maturing berries. I think these are my favourite wild berries. The red berries are soft and they fall apart almost immediately after picking, but they're like eating a not-too-sweet (but just sweet enough) dollop of jam. They're even more impossible to pick and save (without them disintegrating into mush) than salmonberries. Best eaten right off the bush.

I was out of town for meetings the past few days and loaded up on local island strawberries on my way home. It was warm out as I drove and the smell of strawberry jam accompanied me the entire way home. I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

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