That's what we call the wild Raspberries that grow around here. They are usually the first berry to ripen. There's only about a 2 week window in which to pick them. To me it's one of the first great tastes of summer. Tony went up on the mountain & picked us a bunch.
I made a Thimbleberry Crisp for dessert tonight. Ummmm! Other plans for them are Thimbleberry Jam, Thimbleberry Tea, Thimbleberry Wine, Thimbleberry Wine Vinegar....oh yes & Thimbleberries on our morning cereal.
They don't store very well so we have to "do" something with them to keep enjoying them.
For the Thimbleberry Crisp recipe go here: http://www.riverrest.net
"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."
your making me jealous!! my previous home had acres of blackberries. I have fond memories of riding double on my horse with my husband carrying buckets out to pick blackberries. and a few fond memories of the blackberry crisp! I love to find useful native plants just waiting to put food on our table. foraging is like a treasure hunt for grownups and kids alike. I have spent many a fall day collecting pecans also. I would like to become more knowledgable on other options in my area for foraging and I am actively researching plants that would be suitable for introduction to my property as maintanance free "forage' plants. it is difficult to find good source lists that don't mostly contain edible greens. Although greens are important in the diet they will not sustain someone calorie-wise.