Sunday, June 14, 2009

Just picked ...

... from our garden this morning. Can you see why they call them salmonberries? (And I can see why people think they are raspberries — they're both Rubus and closely related.) They are soft and juicy and don't last long before they turn to mush; best eaten right off the bush although I'll sometimes put them on salads. This the first berry of the year on the west coast. What a treat they must have been for the native people — the year's first fruit and nip of subtle sweetness. These are some of the largest I've ever picked. The biggest would easily be a loose "cap" on my thumb.

The bowl is empty now.

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