Sunday, July 10, 2022

Looking Back 8 Years

When I was able to walk through the woods! 

Topic: Thimbleberries. From old blog.

If you're lucky enough to have these delicious scarlet berries in your area, here is an easy jam recipe.
  • 2 cups Thimbleberries
  • 2 cups sugar
Do not wash the thimbleberries—pick them over to remove debris and insects. Mix the sugar and berries, then bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and seal at once. The thimbleberry, unlike other berries, contains a natural pectin.

An excellent native bramble shrub with thornless stems - a treat for berry lovers, but not as much of a treat as the taste! Thimbleberry grows rapidly and forms dense thickets of upright 4-6' stems.The large, downy maple-like leaves are 4-8" across. The tart, red, edible fruits tumble into your hand when ripe. Birds love these berries and often it is a race to see who gets the first taste!

The pink thimbleberry flowers resemble a wild rose. The flowers borne are white or pink and are usually found in clusters of two to six. The thimbleberry fruit is not a true berry but an aggregate fruit. The fruit is larger, flatter, softer and with more seeds than other berries. This soft red berry plant is a species of Rubus genus. This species is botanically known as Rubus parviflorus, and also by many other common names such as western thimbleberry, mountain sorrel, western thimble raspberry, etc. Native to western and northern North America, the berries are used for making jam. This plant is not cultivated widely for its berries as they are soft and prone to damage but they are very sweet. The berries turn from pink to scarlet when fully ripe and are soft, cup-shaped and full of tiny seeds. It is easy to know when to harvest them: when ripe they tumble effortlessly from the branches at the slightest touch. They ripen extremely fast–just a few hours on a sunny day can turn a hard, pink berry red, soft and ready. These grow on the steep bank beside the dirt road. They should be ready for picking soon. 

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  1. So interesting. I’ve never heard of thimbleberries. They look like raspberries. Do they taste the same?

  2. Now, I understand why they are called thimbleberries. They look melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Thanks for reposting this for they were new to me too.

  3. I used to pick berries with my grandfather along the railroad tracks. It was so much fun! My grandma use to put them on top of pudding.