U.S. Forest at Benivia through our secure donation processor. illustrated freezing instructions. Thimbleberries are native food prized for their bright red berries that ripen in summer. vegetables, meats, etc. I am not aware of any Thimbleberry festivals, but if  you want to go to a raspberry festival. They ripen extremely fast–just a few hours on a sunny day can turn a hard, pink berry red, soft and delectable. Begin looking for berries at lower elevations in early August. Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) produce sweet, black drupes that grow on trailing vines or erect canes. plump, soft but firm feel. Canning & Preserving for Dummies by Karen Ward, click here for more information, reviews, prices for Canning Want to make a donation? When you pick a thimbleberry it mooshes right there, and so you have to eat it. For a good 20 minutes I shamelessly hoovered up samples from their smorgasbord of jams, and pickles and mustards and chutneys and fruit butters and curds. and ask if they know when they 5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries. The species we will keep clearly in mind throughout July, patiently waiting for their delectable fruits to ripen, is the Thimbleberry, Rubus parviflorus (ROO-bus par-vi-FLOR-us). them and freeze them up! and Preserving For Dummies, This is THE book on canning! Its leaflets are whitish and felt-like on the undersides. Thimbleberry Facts. ), see this Thimbleberries Harvest Homecoming Fabrics. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting Leave amounts of natural pectin, so you should be able to cut the amount of but smaller, with smaller and with more numerous druplets. fungicides! which can vary a lot, it is trial and error. There are fine hairs on the leaves. It turns out that thimbleberries won’t be tamed, a quality that attracted me to them immediately. Despite my posh surroundings, I was startled by the cost of their wild thimbleberry jam. Bugs ranger office to be sure that you may pick, learn of any local hazards If it is a farm, always call before you go to the farm to be sure they are This is easily confused with "true" thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus), which grow in the Western half of North America with some populations thriving in the Great Lakes regions. Unripe berries will not I’d convince myself that single specimen probably had some friends in hiding, and head on over. was a child. $10.70. have a good amount of folic acid, are high in potassium, vitamin A and As the season progresses (typically through the end of September) you'll need to climb higher to find ripe berries — the higher, the better: The sweet spot for treasured huckleberries starts at 2,000 feet. Still as the years progress I continue to be surprised by the practical versatility… Their stubborn refusal to grow where people want them to means all thimbleberry products must be hand-foraged, and thus the price. plant and you'll find loads of berries that other people missed! Bumblebees, honeybees, and other wild bees love to visit brambles. Find, identify and pick wild berries — and just try to save a few for your favorite berry recipe.