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Sour Cherries and Blueberries

Got a call from the local orchard, two actually, on different days. Went up and picked about 13 pounds of sour cherries. And yesterday I was called to come and buy 2 quarts of blueberries. Guess I'll be living up to my user name.
dpack

blue berries are nice but do you have bilberries in the usa?

alaska perhaps as they are a tundra sort of plant.
where i grew up in the pennines they were fairly common 50 yrs ago, less so now.

the last place i found a decent amount was a Derbyshire peak district microclimate in a mini canyon on a moor.

utterly delicious and quite variable from blueberry size types to some with tiny very intensely flavoured fruit

as they are only edible for about a week in any microclimate and the season is short and weather dependant so a trip to wild gather is a bit chancy unless you live near them and you know where the are likely to be ready

think blueberry times ten but with a better taste
ace in pies or pancakes or fresh,jammed or used in complex stuff like pemmican
sgt.colon


where i grew up in the pennines they were fairly common 50 yrs ago, less so now.


I remember walks up Pendle hill when I was a child and eating bilberries as we were walking along. I've not seen any for years now. Sad, as they are lush.

Happy cooking JL. Smile
Jam Lady

Wild blueberries in Maine grow on low bushes and are tiny but flavorful. High bush blueberries - the commercial crop - are also good but not so intense in flavor. It was Miss Elizabeth White of White's Bog (commercial cranberry grower here in New Jersey) who first cultivated blueberries. She was looking for an income producing crop at another time of year than cranberries. It was in 1916 when the first cultivated blueberries were offered for sale.

I'm working on a sour cherry jam with lime zest, lime juice, and lavender sugar. I think it will be good.
dpack

they are both the same family but afai (now) k our side of the pond has a different collection of wild cousins to your side
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