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B̶l̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶R̶a̶s̶p̶b̶e̶r̶r̶i̶e̶s̶ Wineberries Redux

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Update (7/23/2015): What we thought were raspberries turned out to be wineberries. Who knew?

Original PostLast year, we posted about foraging for wild black raspberries wineberries (and putting them in cider). It’s a summertime tradition I engage in every year and this past weekend, the berries just started ripening.

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It’s still early in the (brief) black raspberry wineberry season, so next weekend will be my big haul. I was able to find a few gems (like the one pictured above), but most weren’t ready for prime-time yet. It’s tricky; if the bush is in direct sunlight, the berries dry out quickly, but If it’s too shady, they never fully ripen. I’ve got one secret spot that gets a perfect light/shade balance and produces beautiful, plump specimens. I guard this spot with my life.

Got big plans for these babies. BIG.

By the way: did you hear Bloom County’s coming back?

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