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August 07, 2008


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Ed Ward

I'm right smack with R. on this one. Walk past those berries you didn't pick today tomorrow and they'll be crap. Mush. Covered with insects. Or, worse, the animals will have found them and eaten them instead of you. Having spent a great deal of my childhood convinced that burying a Revolutionary War veteran in a Vermont graveyard meant the eventual appearance of wild blueberries and having picked wild strawberries no bigger than pencil erasers -- and then having eaten them -- there is no question where I stand on this issue. Sorry.


I'm eating blackberries out of the hedges now, I've given up organised picking and cooking of them and just enjoying their novelty. Although we're just drinking 4 year old blackberry whisky made one year the sloes didn't show up for sloe gin, and it's really not bad at all.

I rmember thimbleberries we found round Niagara Falls when I was 13; I convinced myself they were delicious because they were different, and I was well disposed... I think I liked the name too!


Ed--You *DO* bring up another problem with eating wild berries: it takes away from the guilt list "don't pass up a gift or else you'll hate yourself," but adds one with "I'm eating good vitamins away from the birds."

I yearn for Lucy's Breton blackberries now....
But yes, one thing thimbleberries have going for them is their name.
Writing from Budapest now--blackberries on the menu.

Silvermoon Hocker

Love your site. But as for thimble berries, I think you may have the wrong angle, as we have always used them to make a most excellent jelly. Boiling them seems to bring out a flavor unrivaled by most other berries.

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