Walking around in the woods recently, I was treated to a pleasant surprise: salmonberry season is in full swing and I happened upon a great patch. "What are salmonberries?" you ask. Similar to a raspberry in color and fruit structure, salmonberries are a sometimes slightly bitter wild-growing berry of the west coast. Every couple of years around this time, I usually seem to stumbled upon one or two berries, not quite remembering which of the lesser known edible but not awesome berries they are, but have a munch anyway. This time around, however, we found so many and engorged ourselves so much that I doubt I will be unsure in the future*.

While the taste of the berries wasn't awesome* (I like my berries with a lot of flavor and sweet), there is just something about a wild growing fruit that always gets me. It is one of the reasons I am so fond of blackberries (even though they are horribly invasive and can tear up a short-pants wearing leg in no time). I guess it reminds me of what it would have been like before agriculture, grocery stores, and imported Chilean fruit became standard. You just go out for a hike, happen upon some berries, eat them right off the bush, and then head back to your wigwam to blog about it.
Tuesday June 9 2009File under: misc, food

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on Tue 09th Jun, 2009 06:48 am PDT Saxtor said:
If you give up refined sugars for several years, they become awesome, flavorful AND sweet!Where was this salmonberry stash found? They weren't even close a week ago at Whistle.
on Tue 09th Jun, 2009 08:36 am PDT Mom said:
Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry) is typically salmon colored--more orange-yellow than red-- when it's ripe. Could be that you jumped the gun on harvesting. They are juicy and, while not sugary sweet, they aren't bitter either when ripe. Your tummies will be the judge.
on Tue 09th Jun, 2009 08:44 am PDT Wren said:
Saxtor, the berries in question were found up in Sedro when I quickly popped in for a check on the Oats.Mom, these were definitely ripe. They fell off in our hands. Perhaps maybe overripe?
on Tue 09th Jun, 2009 07:55 pm PDT dave said:
nice wigwam comment. how are the oats doing?
on Wed 10th Jun, 2009 01:42 am PDT Sean said:
The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries
on Wed 10th Jun, 2009 02:06 pm PDT Jule said:
they weren't thimble berries were they? They tend to fall off in your hand very easily. I have seen salmonberries of that color, but they are less common than the orange ones. just as good though.
on Wed 10th Jun, 2009 04:40 pm PDT Juline said:
Love salmonberries, for the same reasons you do. They were a nice snack on bike rides in Humboldt as a kid. Thimbleberries are another one. They're actually sweet, but are usually few and far between.
on Thu 11th Jun, 2009 08:26 am PDT cardboard said:
them salmonberrys are just spectacular....get it? I was mowing down last night at cornwall...the dirty huxley kids somehow missed a few.

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