Wild About - Mountain Raspberries

Oh, what a beautiful sight. When I was out hiking the other day, I stumbled upon more ripe raspberries (Rubus idaeus var. strigosus) than I've ever seen in the mountains in one place, at one time. With a little work, I was able to get about half of a sandwich bag full of berries, which is an amazing haul for the berries that grow in the mountains here. Where I live, at lower altitude, berry season was over more than a month ago, but the peak of summer is just hitting in the mountains, which meant a food jackpot for me.

And let's get this straight, these are berries grown at high altitude, in strong bright light and clean mountain air. Their flavor is so concentrated and yummy that they taste like the distillation of sunshine itself. These beauties were nearly as big as commercial berries, too, which is unusual. But let me tell ya, the taste will never compare. These berries are actually less tart than store-bought berries, but also more complex, hitting all sorts of floral and fruit notes.

When you've got a food this special, this tasty, the only was to serve it is simply. After a little debate over whether to serve the berries with straight heavy cream or vanilla ice cream, the ice cream won out. So I sprinkled my prized berries with a spoonful of vanilla sugar, and left them to macerate for a bit before blessing the ice cream. It was the finest example of red raspberries I've ever tasted.

You can see the full story of my year foraging here.

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Comments

  1. That looks absolutely delicious, there is nothing like a berry ripened in the bright sunshine.

    -Brenda

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  2. That just makes me hungry for some fresh picked berries!!

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  3. Yum, I remember picking raspberries when I was a kid!! Loved them!!

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  4. I remember picking blackberries at my grandparents' and making a pie with my grandma. I can't imagine where I would do that now (in AZ), but we have gone apple picking. =) I'm visiting from Real Food Wednesdays! Happy Wednesday! =)

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  5. Mmm, so happy to share berry memories with everyone.

    Adriel- Love my berries, but it's all about taking advantage of what surrounds you. I just found a primo apple tree today, and the funny thing is that it's right next to a bike trail that I probably ride close to 100 times a year, and I've never seen it before!

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  6. I just had raspberries and vanilla ice cream this Sunday. But alas, my berries were from the farmer's market, not 'hand picked' like yours. How wonderful they must have tasted!

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  7. IndieT- It was indeed a treat. The taste memories will go on for a long time.

    Dr. Prathap - Thank you kindly for stopping by.

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  8. Those pictures are beautiful. Where in the country do you live?

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  9. Nico -Those are the Rocky Mountains' finest!

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  10. I thought so. I was at a local used bookstore the other day and I saw a book that reminded me of your blog. Fruits of the Forest: Cooking With Wild Food by Sue Style. Are you familiar with it?

    ~Nico

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  11. None of the libraries in my system have it :(

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  12. I have seen it on Amazon if you want to check it out.

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