I completed picking Chokecherries on Friday morning. It was a great ten days of picking. We started picking July 29 and picked off and on through August 7th. My baby brother and his bride picked many days....they found some great berries and scouted some new picking areas. I enjoy picking...the quiet of the woods and the plink plink of the berries as they fall into my bucket.
There are still some chokecherries to ripen and a really tall tree was left for the birds...I found a nice stand and told my other baby brother it would get better if he took some of his equipment and took out some brush and let the sunlight in!
I froze enough juice for three batches of jelly. I steamed juice for my baby brother so he has 20 plus cups in the freezer...he said he would make jelly next winter. He shared chokecherries with Jo, Aunt Anna and our Mom.
Chokecherries bloom in early spring and many times frost takes care of the flowers. So we never know from one year to the next if it will be a good harvest or not.
My new juicer/steamer worked great! I put it away until Crabapples...we will see if we can find some for a batch of Crabapple Jelly.
Someone asked me what chokecherry jelly tastes like...it is tart, fruity, and floral...it doesn't compare to any other flavor.
I give away most of the jelly that we make...it makes a nice gift! I had 30 jars and 5 have been gifted already.