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Mistress Rose

Harvest 2017

Apart from the odd bit of wild garlic, had the first harvest of the season from the wood yesterday in the form of wild raspberries. I think they have crossed with domestic raspberries over the years as birds bring the seed in, so a bit bigger than pure wild. Good flavour too. Had them with a bit of home made yoghurt. Nice.
sgt.colon

There are some growing along a path of a walk Mrs C and I go on but they are not ready yet. The only other thing I've foraged this year is Elderflower for my champagne.
Slim

black caps are just starting to ripen here.
Mistress Rose

What are those please Slim? If we have those we don't call them by that name.
Slim

black caps are what we usually call black raspberries

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubus_occidentalis

Wasn't until googling them that I realized they may not exist in the wild in the U.K.! Shocked

They're delightful, and common throughout the woods of New England. I don't particularly like blackberries, but I love black caps
sgt.colon

I know this might be a silly question Slim but what do they taste like?
Slim

It must be a good question because I don't have a great answer for you. Shocked
They taste like black caps..... Laughing I don't know how else to describe the flavor

Let's see.....
They're not as juicy as cultivated raspberries, and have tougher skin but not as tough as blackberries. Because each drupelet is smaller, you get a higher skin/innards ratio if that makes any sense. It makes the consistency a bit more like a blueberry, and less like a juicy raspberry. Not dry by any means, but not as watery as raspberries tend to be.

Like blackberries they stain your mouth and teeth black which is fun.
sgt.colon

Thanks Slim, I understand what you're saying and have a good idea of what they are like, so great description. Just one more thing, are they sweet? Sour? Or sweet sour? Smile
Slim

They're sweet, but with a slight tang. Not as much as say a currant, just enough to tell you that there's more there than just sugar.
sgt.colon

Thanks Slim. thumbleft
Mistress Rose

I think they may be grown as a cultivated berry in the UK. I am sure I have seen the R occidalis or whatever the Latin name is, somewhere.
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