“I love berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries,
anything with an ‘errie’ in it!” ~ Jordin Sparks
There are a several wild foods out there in the summer woods that are worth waiting for, working to get, suffering bug bites for, and racing the critters to.
Above, is a picture of a hazel nut .. probably the hardest wild edible to pick at just the right time. If you pick too soon, they are green, bitter, mushy … icky. If you wait too long, the squirrels get them all. It seems the squirrels have a secret radar and know exactly the time/day of ripeness and they pick them all and stow them away fast. When I see a squirrel picking them, I know I need to get out at that very moment if I want a small handful of them … because they will probably all be gone by the next day.
And, then there are the berries. In my opinion, the flavors of the wild variety of berries is 100% better than the tame/gardened varities. The berries are smaller but the flavor is more intense. After you have tasted wild berries, you will never enjoy the tame varieties as much.
The June berries are also ripe and ready to pick. I am not sure why they are called June berries, because they are never ready to pick in June. They are a lot like blueberries but grow on taller bushes. I find their skins are a bit tougher than blueberries, but overall juicier.
While walking during this time of year, I just have to stop for blue. Blueberries (and June Berries). I found a new small blueberry patch on my normal walk the other day accidentally (big trucks hauling forced me into the ditch). The berries in this small area were numerous, plump and juicy. The view from this patch is also a glorious blue of my favorite lake.
Unfortunately, it was also the home to some very vicious ants who were mad at me for unknowingly stomping on their home to get the berries … but, that is another story.