Wild Fruit

I know that according to the calendar summer hasn’t officially started yet, but for me it started when the first fresh fruits of the year showed up in the field, in the garden, and at the markets. The parade of gem-bright colors and juicy sweetness continues now through the first apples of fall in an ever-changing parade of ripeness.

black-cap raspberries

black-cap raspberries

I indulged in the first strawberries to appear at the farmers’ market even though they were pricey. It was the first fresh fruit I’d seen since last year. I’ve had plenty of fruit in my diet since last fall, but it was the storage apples and pears on offer at the markets or the frozen fruit, jams, and otherwise preserved fruit on my shelves. So I had to have that first strawberry. Now, however, I’m holding out for the more affordable (and often tastier) strawberries I’m expecting in my CSA share next week.

It’s the wild fruits that are exciting me now. Juneberries and mulberries have been coming in for a few weeks, black-cap raspberries just started. Soon there will be wineberries and wild cherries, followed by blackberries, elderberries, beach plums…

One fruit, though, doesn’t seem to be doing too well. Mayapples are dropping before they’re ripe, and have for the past couple of years. Something is wrong there. NYBG pulled up the mayapples in their native plant collection because of a disease. Sad.

Meanwhile, tonight’s dessert is black-cap raspberries and juneberries on spicebush ice cream. I still need to cook dinner first, right?

If you’d like to dig into the parade of wild summer fruit, please join me for one of my upcoming wild edibles tours:

Edible Native Plants in Brooklyn  July 18

Stalking Wild Edibles July 20

Urban Foraging Aug. 21

And one other thing I’m excited about: Leda’s Urban Homestead made it onto a list of 50 Best Homesteading Blogs. Besides being tickled to be included on the list, I discovered some new-to-me great sites there.

Time to go cook dinner so that I can get to that wild fruit dessert…

The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget by Leda Meredith

Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes by Leda Meredith

One response to “Wild Fruit”

  1. acmeplant says:

    Very sad when the NYBG tore out all the Mayapples. My fruit was still holding last weekend. Fingers crossed.

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