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Wild Berries #1: Wild Berries in Newfoundland

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Blog entry by XploreOrganics posted 03-14-2008 06:02 PM 26788 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Although we have a very short growing season and are limited in the fruit varieties that can grow here, I am very lucky for the numerous wild berries that grow in our area.

Wild blueberries are abundant although due to urban sprawl many blueberry picking areas are disappearing and the ones that remain are being harvested more densely but even so we still have a bountiful supply of these extremely tasty little berries.

Wild Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

Blueberries

My Loot

Another common berry found in our woodlands is the creeping snowberry (Gaultheria hispidula) “capillaire” We call them Tic Tac’s as they have a minty wintergreen flavor. The berries don’t keep well. Not many eat them any more here locally.

Snowberry

Next are Bunchberries (Cornus canadensis)”crackerjacks”. These berries seem to edge woodland paths and properties as if they were planted that way by hand. The beautiful orange berries are seedy and bland but are quite edible and very high in pectin making them a good addition to jams and jellies.

Bunchberry

This is the pride of Newfoundland. The “Bakeapple” Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus), found scattered across rocky barrens this berry is the foundation of many wines, jams, syrups and spreads. This golden soft fruit that has a very unique aroma resembling smelly feet. I remember one time we went to stay at a local B&B and the whole home was filled with an awful musky stench, I looked at DH with nose crinkled and said…”ummm” I don’t know if I want to stay here. The cheerful host came out the hall and stated she was making a fresh batch of bakeapple jam for the morning breakfast…This explained the smell and we enjoyed our stay along with the sweet, musky, seedy yet so more-ish jam.

Bakeapple

Many more wild berries grow here, so keep an eye on this series as I add more of the many local wild fruits!

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/



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GrandmaT

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posted 03-14-2008 06:21 PM

Amazing to me just how many “wild” berries grow near you. Must be a truly wonderful thing.

Great pictures too … I look forward to reading more …

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-14-2008 07:17 PM

cool.
sad to hear about the blueberries :(

funny story re: the last one haha

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

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posted 03-15-2008 07:56 AM

do you use a “blueberry picker” or your fingers to get those berries?

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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XploreOrganics

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posted 03-15-2008 09:21 AM

I use my fingers. I wish everyone would to be honest. Some people here go with the pickers early in the season and shread every blue, purple, green & white berry along with half the leaves leaving nothing to ripen for anyone else and nothing for the wildlife. In all honesty I wish they would ban pickers in the wild…on private property well that is fine but it’s nice for everyone to get a few berries even later in the season.

The place we pick is a little out of the way and mostly uphill so not too many go there although the past few years the picking population has picked up in the area. That basket of bluberries took me and DH about 2 hours to pick…makes for a nice sunny cool september sunday.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 03-15-2008 05:02 PM

Perhaps someone should post a few “suggestion” signs… But I wouldn’t expect people to stop using them.. After all, what took you 2 hours to pick, can take them 15 minutes. Leaves more time for them to either be greedy and pick more, or to do who knows what else..

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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splinters

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posted 03-16-2008 04:44 PM

Ahhh…in a previous life I spent several years in Argentia Newfoundland..One of my daughters was born in St John’s….I remember the many hikes into the woods and picking the blueberries which seemed to be everywhere. As my memory has it…they were huge…routinely in the dime size..and bigger…..what great memories!! Thanks for bringing them back

-- -- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - Zone 3 at best -

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Robin282

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posted 05-31-2008 04:37 PM

Looking forward to reading installment #2 on this subject.
Robin

-- Robin282, Zone 7, SE Coast of MA, USA

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XploreOrganics

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posted 05-31-2008 04:44 PM

I am not forgetting to send you some of those bakeapples Robin…..Promise!

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Eklectic

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posted 06-03-2008 06:29 AM

Sure brought me back to when I was a kid growing up in Northwest Quebec!
We used to go blueberry picking with my parents for a $$ supplement. Usually it was us kids with mom and we always had to check for bears! She would tell the little ones that they were allowed to make as much noise as they could to keep the bears away! I had all but forgotten about that!

We also had the Bunchberries, that we used to snack on as we were playing in the woods close to the chalet!!

Thanks X for the nudge for the memories!! Was a very happy time!:-)

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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Robin282

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posted 06-08-2008 09:32 AM

Wild berries 2!
Wild berries 2!
Wild berries 2!
;-)

-- Robin282, Zone 7, SE Coast of MA, USA

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Bon

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posted 06-08-2008 09:54 AM

Love the pics of all your wild berries XO. Yummmmmmmmmm jams,pancake syrups etc. etc.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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XploreOrganics

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posted 06-08-2008 10:22 AM

I think it will be a bit later in the year…remember we still have frost here so it will be in August before more berry pics:)

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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blooz

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posted 06-08-2008 02:49 PM

Your pics as beautiful and the stories to follow. I remember picking wild blueberries “up north” and very time consuming. Berries were much smaller than yours ‘X’. Some ppl use a comb to pick & apparently it is the fast route. Again, beautiful photos! Be nice to have these framed.

-- blooz 5b - You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~author unkown

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XploreOrganics

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posted 06-08-2008 03:57 PM

Thank you for the compliments blushing The blueberries are quite small, that is compared to the flavourless monsters at the grocery store. I can wait to pick more this year…I’m all out till fall.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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MIKE CRIPPS

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posted 06-08-2008 04:32 PM

WHAT TIME OF YEAR DID YOU GATHER THE BERRIES , BLUEBERRIES DO THEY GROW IN BUNCHES?
REGARDS MIKE

-- MIKE MILTON COMMON U.K.

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XploreOrganics

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posted 06-08-2008 05:11 PM

Blueberries can be havested from August (many are still green) to September and some in October. They grow in clusters on low bushes. if you gently “tickle” the underside of the plant the ripe berries will fall in your hand by the handfulls.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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