Yesterday at the Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market one of the vendors was selling wild wineberries. They looked raspberries, only smaller and glossier:
The vendor put out some berries for samples, so I tasted one. It was delicious – juicy, tart, and floral. But seven dollars for a little half-filled box seemed a bit steep, especially for something so functionally similar to raspberries. I googled the berry, and found a helpful website that says wineberries are considered an invasive plant in the mid-Atlantic. The description even mentioned DC as one of the habitats for the wineberry, so I wonder if there might be some patches in one of DC’s many forested parks.
Any readers with wineberry experience care to weigh in on whether they’re worth the price? And does anyone know where I could go forage for some myself??