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.