Ripe Aronia is bloody red inside, flavorful, mildly sweet, also juicy if the season is wet. Pictured below with Blueberry, Autumnberry, Elderberry, and unusually small Blackberries.
Late July, northern Pennsylvania, unripe.
Black Velvet and Jeanne gooseberries and red currants, northern Pennsylvania. Jeanne is sweet-tart. Black Velvet and the red currants variously sweet, with some acid.
Elderberry, with Autumnberry, Blueberry, Aronia, Blackberry, northern West Virginia. (The blackberries were unusually small – the only ones left by the birds and deer.) All these berries ranged variously sweet with some juicy acid. Little to no tart. Picked ripe. (Note: the elderberries in photos below on plate and in big cluster are Bob Gordon… Continue reading Elderberry August 2022
Eastern Prickly Gooseberry: late July, northern Pennsylvania. These six gooseberry fruits, each at a different state of ripeness, early green to dark dried-on-the-bush, curiously all had a variously sweet taste, from fruity to wine-like, a very smooth resin. Each fruit chewy.
Juneberries (serviceberries) have come and gone in a big flush but other June fruits are producing: haskap, goumi (large & small), carmine jewel cherry, and Nanking cherry photoed here. The sweetest fruit seems to depend on which is most ripe. All of these fruits have a reputation for being tart but on mature plants all… Continue reading June Fruit 2022