Originally Posted by roadfamily6now
man, where are you? our raspberry plants in my yard are hardly even berried up yet? Where do you find currants and what are watermelon and crow berries? I think I need an Alaskan wildberry book!
Our currents have been ripe for a good week now, and the watermelon berries look good as well.
Crowberries are easiest found up in the Pass, but not for awhile yet. They are so high up, its late August I think when they are ready.
Def. get yourself a good wild plants book. It is well worth it.
Crow berries grow on "moss" that looks like teeny tiny evergreens.
We use a berry picker for those, and I can fill a 5 gallon bucket in no time flat.
They are a berry that you use to make jellys and wines with.
You have to crush and strain them, because they are full of tiny seeds that do not taste very good.
The jelly is like a light tasting grape jelly, and the wine. Oh My!
I made a tiny bit last year, that we have been taking a sip out of every so often, and the flavor is so intense! Right now it has a strong vanilla like undertone.
I plan on making many bottles and putting them up for the winter.
Watermelon berries just look like red watermelons, and they have next to no taste. Very watery. Excellent for rehydrating when out fishing, and adding to other berries to help them stretch for jelly.
Speaking of wine, I just uncapped the last bottle of lowbush cranberry cordial.
I love this time of year!
I no longer make canned jelly or jam.
I learned how to make lacto fermetned berries and jellys, and I wil never go back to sugary processed ones.
These are so much better, are raw, and have a good shelf life.