Herban Lifestyle’s recent post reminded me that this is the time of year when you can forage for wild wineberries in our area. Wineberries, I learned last year, are of the genus Rubus, the same group as raspberries and blackberries and all manner of delicious little cross-breeds. If I can’t go home to Washington State and pick rubus ursinus this year, then I may as well go foraging for our local equivalent. Wineberries are tart and floral (yay) and rather seedy (boo). I’m also guessing they’re high in natural pectin, as wild blackberries are, because they’re downright sticky to the touch.
I saw some ripe berries last Friday when I was walking through Cleveland Park the other day, and in the spring I saw plenty of wineberry vines all over Rock Creek Park and Glover Park. It’s an invasive species, though it doesn’t seem to make the dense brambles that those awful Himalayan blackberries make. Still, I think a nice hike sometime this holiday weekend should produce enough berries to make some jam or syrup or pie. Yum.