Summertime Berries means picking time in the Northwest. Fresh juicy ripe edible berries! We enjoyed a big pan of blackberry cobbler from these ripe berries we picked. If you have not been berry picking in the Pacific Northwest, my only question for you. Is why not?
Summertime Berries of the Northwest
Homemade Blackberry cobbler is delicious. How best to describe hot Blackberry Cobbler right from the oven... wow! That works.
Thimbleberries begin to bloom in April on the Oregon coast. Reddish in color and have the shape of an upside-down tiny bowl when still on the shrub. Thimbleberry is delicious and one of my favorite berry.
The Salal, another northwest berry, is ripening fast. It is incredibly high in flavonoids. The Salal, historically, was used for strengthening capillaries-mucus membrane fragility. For folks who are susceptible to nose bleeds, munching on these berries can be helpful. A terrific survival food, and when dried can be stored for later use with the blue huckleberry when other berries are all gone.
Berries and Bears
If you are out collecting berries in Grizzly Bear country - Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, etc., be aware and be careful!
Make lots of noise when picking those rich and luscious wild fruit. One very large neighbor, the bear, is putting on fat for his long winter nap, and can be very focused and grumpy when eating. He may not notice you have sidled up next to him with your berry basket.
Berry Pickin Bears
If you happen to run into a bear while out picking wild edible berries, and he takes your basket from you. My advice is to not argue. The "Bear" Necessities
In addition, bears don’t appreciate any negative comments regarding their delicate odor. I recommend to just tip your hat politely, and slowly, carefully back away from the bear, refrain from any rude gesturing and go find another berry patch… far, far, away.