Now is the time to harvest nature’s gifts, the wildberries! The Peace Country has several varieties of tasty fruits that we locals love to eat fresh, with ice cream, or cooked into jam, crisps or pies.
The most celebrated berry on the prairie is the saskatoon. It grows on bushes in ditches and fields, producing pails full of fruit in July, August and September. They may be either sweet or tangy, and when they are really ripe, feel like butter on the tip of the tongue.
Raspberries are another reliable favourite that have made their way into many gardens and back yards in the Peace and can also be found in the bush. They make a nice treat for a thirsty hiker.
Wild strawberries are tiny and very fussy about whether they might bear fruit. But if you find a patch, each tiny berry tastes like sweet sunshine.
The other blue berry is the blueberry. This one is fairly rare and grows close to the ground, meaning the picker has to be on hands and knees. But that just means the little burst of tartness is extra special.
Of course, you might prefer to wait for the B.C. wild blueberries to make their way over. About six times as big, sweeter, and already picked and cleaned for $10 a basket… but your sweat and tears haven’t gone into them!
While you’re keeping an eye out for these berries, also look for chokecherries, pin cherries and high bush cranberries. Happy wild berry harvest, everyone!