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It’s Wineberry Season!

Wineberry Season, a roundup at Polka Dot Cottage

It’s Wineberry Season! I picked a whole quart of these juicy red treats this afternoon, braving thorns, underbrush, and all manner of pesky little flying creatures, and there are still plenty left on the vine.

It’s a shame I can’t entice my children to collect berries as enthusiastically as they once did. Maybe I need to institute a “you can’t eat them unless you pick them yourself” rule…

Wineberry Season, a roundup at Polka Dot Cottage

If you have wineberries where you live, you might like to know that they make a delicious fruit crisp when paired with blueberries and peaches.

The berries freeze well if you can’t use them right away. I was finishing up last year’s harvest in my green smoothies a few months ago, in fact.

I haven’t had a lot of luck turning them into jam in the past – I find it too fiddly to figure out the correct amount of pectin and sugar. And besides, I think I may be over my jam phase. Maybe.

They are so good right off the vine. I say this as someone who is not much of a berry person. I do enjoy these though. Perhaps it’s the novelty of having them grow right in my back (and front, and side) yard that makes them so satisfying a snack.

Wineberry Season, a roundup at Polka Dot Cottage

Wineberry Season, a roundup at Polka Dot Cottage

I almost always bring in a new friend or two with a batch of berries. This guy was escorted gently back outdoors and left to find somewhere-not-my-kitchen to hang out.

Here are some wineberry resources for your nibbling pleasure:

  • I’ve written a lot here over the years, about the wineberries that grow in our yard.
  • Just because I haven’t had luck adapting my own jam recipes, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. A quick Google search will turn up a few. I like the look of this Local Kitchen Blog recipe, myself.
  • Wildman Steve Brill has recipes. They’re alphabetical, so you’ll need to scroll a bit.
  • WNYC did a wineberry story a few years ago.
  • Mother Earth News also did a story back in 1982, brought to you now via the wonders of republishing old stuff on the internet.
  • While I was picking this afternoon, I listened to Erica Wides’ Let’s Get Real podcast on Heritage Radio. The topic was Berries and the Bullsh*t, and she talked quite a bit about picking wineberries. I found it entertaining, but beware the NSFW language, if you’re not listening alone.
  • Got vodka? Make wineberry cordials!

Happy berry picking 🙂

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5 thoughts on “It’s Wineberry Season!

  1. I never even knew there was such a thing as wineberries, but now my mouth’s watering. Your great photos are making me hungry. Enjoy the harvest 🙂

    1. I didn’t at first, either. The first few years we lived here I was afraid to eat them!

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