Edible Wild Berries

29 Jul

Yesterday on a walk I noticed how many berries are ripe right now.  Granted, there are not very many of them, and they are usually smaller than cultivated varieties; if you had to live off them it would be a quick weight loss plan; you would soon appreciate why wild game is desirable.  Think of them more as a tasting menu.

First there are the red raspberries: The black raspberries:        The Black Berries:


Note that black berries and lack raspberries are not the same either in look or taste.

Then there are chokecherries.  They are quite juicy, but also contain a large amount of tannin, so the pucker factor is high.  There are more of these than any other berry, since they are tree fruits. All the others are small bush fruits.

And last, but not least: gooseberries.  There is quite a large number of wild bushes up back.  Where I am from there were none.  But we had tens of vary-colored wild cherry trees.  No wild cherries here.  These gooseberries are quite sweet, but beware the spines!

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5 Responses to “Edible Wild Berries”

  1. farsong 9 August 2008 at 10:32 PM #

    I just returned from vacation in northern Minnesota and tasted wild thimbleberries for the first time! They are more tart than raspberries and they face upward instead of hanging down. I’m told they are too soft for pie, but we did not try them that way… we just ate ‘em.

    I’ll probably get around to posting pictures of them later this week, or you can check the ever faithful Wikipedia.

    Shade and sweet water!

  2. Mike 21 April 2013 at 8:17 PM #

    have you ate any of the spiky gooseberries if so
    how did they taste like do they taste some what like
    a grape or other fruit.

    i have tasted the may-apple fruits and they are way way
    to sweet for me i guess the more bitterness the better
    or healthier it is maybe anyhow.

    i have two young wild thorny gooseberry plants
    i planted them in full sun and they seem to like it
    for now, at first i found them growing in full shade
    and they where really stunted in growth sens i’ve
    put them in full sun there doing better.

    oh yeah and your pictures look great.

    • jpm14 12 June 2013 at 12:15 PM #

      Thanks! The raw gooseberries taste similar to cultivated ones. I have never collected enough of them to cook, but they should work just fine.

  3. Mike 21 April 2013 at 8:21 PM #

    i tried making chokecherry juice before an i did but
    it was way to thick and the smell of it smelt like ink.

    • jpm14 12 June 2013 at 12:14 PM #

      You can thin the juice with water; there is a lot of natural pectin in it.

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