"The Bush" behind our house is made up of trees, shrubs, small plants, and lichens growing over and between large slabs of granite. These plants like acid soil, living in peaty organic material that builds up under the thick spongy layer of moss that grows atop the rock slabs.
|June 5 photo - blossoms of American cranberry, aka Viburnum trilobum|
Berries in our area: Edible and not-so-edible
|Lingonberry, locally known as "Cranberries"|
Lingonberries: They have dry white flesh with dark seeds around the center. They are tart and crisp, but not especially juicy. If you live here and are lucky, you may find bags of these for sale at Robertson's store. Online information about these berries can be found here.
|Lingonberry, cut open|
|Bunchberry, a variety of dogwood|
Common Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a little less numerous than the lingonberries. In my opinion, these are not edible. However, they have been eaten and there are claims for medicinal use.
|Bearberries, cut open|
Bearberries cut open. They are dry and pulpy.
Blueberries. These are smaller and sweeter than the commercial berries from the larger type of blueberry plants. None of these plants are taller than 12 inches (30 cm). They are extremely nutritious and are amazing cooked in pancakes. Of course, I eat those pancakes with maple syrup from our eastern Canadian maple trees!
Pincherry (Prunus pensylvanica) trees are a common wild tree here. Our yard is full of them. The fruits are quite tart and the central pit is large relative to the size of the fruit. The wild pincherries are vital for pollination of my Carmine jewel tart cherries.
|Northern Comandra (red berries)|
|Northern Comandra cut open berry|
Other common berries in northern Saskatchewan:
- See my post on some other berries.
- Saskatoon berries
- Wild black currants
- Wild raspberries
- "Cranberry" (Viburnum) -- blooms pictured near the top of this post
Yesterday, I baked muffins with my own poppy seed, including frozen wild blueberries instead of the raspberries listed in this recipe from epicurious. They were delicate and delicious.
|Poppy seed heads|
Wild roses are sporting bright red rosehips now. These are packed with vitamin C, though I haven't made any plans on making them into any foodstuffs at the moment.
|Rosehips on Wild Rose Bushes|
I also made a delicious swiss chard and parmesan pie last night. I found the recipe online here. I'd never grown swiss chard before, so the dish and the plant were both new for me. This quiche-like tart was quite similar to a spinach pie, with a more mild flavour. Kids and adults alike would love this dish. Resident-lawnmower-man was rather skeptical until he tasted the final product. He now admits that swiss chard is not only made for rabbits.
|Precise edibiles-detecting tool:|
|"Why can't I go berry picking?".|