Over the past year or so my Husband has really gotten into foraging (and by “really gotten into” I mean is extremely excited about it but doesn’t know where to start and so is not really bringing home any food.
This all changed yesterday!
As I stumbled into the house after a long day at work, I noticed something peculiar on the counter. It was a big bowl full of berries! What do you know? He foraged!
The berries on the counter were salmon berries which are similar in structure to a raspberry or blackberry but with a more subtle flavor. What makes them so beautiful is the fact that they come in a variety of colours ranging from bright yellow to deep crimson red.
Timing is everything for the salmon berry for two reasons:
1. If you pick them too early, they can be tart.
2. If you are too late, the bears will eat them before you do (yes bears… welcome to British Columbia).
Luckily for us, our house backs onto a forest and we walk the dog up there every morning which provides the perfect opportunity to scope out the progress of the berries. Now that they are ready to be picked, there are a plethora of uses for them. Last year we made salmon berry and wild huckleberry jam which was pretty delicious. They are good on yogurt in the morning, desserts in the evening and just snaking on as you wander down the path.
What are your local wild foods? Are you an urban forager? I would love to hear from you!