U-pick thicket festival

17 Jul

Here are a few wild berries growing in a thicket outside Sackville New Brunswick.

Close up of Moxie-plum (Gaultheria hispidula), the fruit are a nice nibble treat and the leaves make a very good wintergreen tea. I always enjoy finding these little delights.

Amelanchier berries are my favorite for fruit cookies and scones so here are a few photos.

This one is Red-berried elder (Sambucus racemosa or  pubens) which is a fruit I have been reluctant to try due to not being able to find anyone who has admitted to making a jelly or juice or wine, though I  see plenty of mention of it as both poisonous and also edible when fully ripe and then cooked as used many years ago by the Gitxsan people in northwest BC Canada. I will prepare a small amount of boiled juice to very cautiously experiment with it in coming weeks, once I’m sure the berries are fully ripe and then I’ll boil a few with some water and strain the juice, also of note all parts of this plant are claimed to be poisonous when raw. This is a very naturally occurring abundant fruit in my area and this is my main reason to taste it sparingly to explore this mystery. The is one of the last wild fruit in my area for me to sample, though it has been on my list for decades. I guess another reason for the delay is no one has claimed it taste good either, so no wonder it would be on the bottom of the list eh.

I was a little amazed at the variety of plants, shrubs and trees in this thicket which was swampy to dry sand and shifting from one to the other frequently. Cranberries and blackberries were the dominant fruits, though they were flowering at this time, here are some cranberry blossoms with a small green fruit developing on the right side of the photo.

I did say it was a festival and in the thicket we do things  a bit differently. here we look down at a member of the ginseng family, bristly sarsaparilla (Aralia hispida) with its fire works like show. You can make a tea from the roots of bristly sarsaparilla. cheers


4 Responses to “U-pick thicket festival”

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words July 18, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    it would like a picinic everyday going for walks where you go…
    I grow elder berry, but can’t figure out which one….I know what you mean about it …if you find a way to tell the difference let me know…
    Great post…
    Take Care..

    • 1left July 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks ladyblue

  2. weedimageoftheday August 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    OOOOH, I need a thicket to explore. Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful habitat!

    • 1left August 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      Thanks Weedimageoftheday,Thickets are young energetic areas in transition, lots of variety and colorful characters. I suspect you will share some great photos with us once you get into the thick of it. enjoy

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