The wild raspberries are ripening. They have such wonderful flavor for such a small berry!
I picked these on our walk last night. The wind was blowing so the skeeters were tolerable. It is great to pick our own fruit…nothing has been sprayed on it… so they must be organic! I shared with Far Guy and offered one to Chance…I could tell he wanted Ice Cream with his berries. NO we just eat them plain…silly dog!
We ran across this blue berry.
This is the fruit of the Wild Sarsaparilla plant.
This is what the flower of Wild Sarsaparilla or Aralia nudicaulis looks like.
I wouldn’t eat this berry…in fact I wouldn’t eat any old blue colored berry in Minnesota except for our REAL Blueberry.
I believe it is the root of the plant that is used. ( I found one reference that says the root can be used as a substitute for sarsaparilla in root beer.)
I wonder about the sarsaparilla that they used to serve in the bars of the old westerns on TV? Was it this root soaked in water?
NOPE that sarsaparilla was made from Birch Oil and the dried root bark of the Sassafras tree. Go figure… why did they call it sarsaparilla and not sassafras?
Learn something new every day!
I ordered a book all about the Wild Berries found in Minnesota…this seems to be a great year for berries. Not sure why? The snowless cold winter and dry spring with a rainy June must make for good berries.