Montana Outdoors

August 10, 2009

Thimbleberry

Filed under: Autumn, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:43 pm

Rubus parviflorus. They start out by producing these fairly large blossoms (2.5 inches across) in early June.

Thimbleberry

The fruit, which is still ripening now at the higher elevations, is the same size as and visually resembles raspberries athough a little flatter and thinner, but with a delicious taste all its own. The leaves are huge and distinctive.

Thimbleberry

Thimbleberry

Yesterday in one area along the trail for perhaps half a mile there were hundreds of these plants, all bearing ripe fruit. Autumn is here.

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18 Comments »

  1. Looks very tasty. Gotta love wild berries.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 10, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

    • This is the time for them. The huckleberries are ripe and the chokecherries are about to be. It’s a rich time of year for the critters!

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      Comment by montucky — August 10, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

  2. Terry:

    And the bears are doing what?

    Chad

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    Comment by Chad — August 10, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

    • They are staying high and out of trouble and enjoying the best huckleberry season that I’ve seen in the last 15 years. It’s a good year to be a bear!

      These were on trail 345 about 2 miles below the lookout.

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      Comment by montucky — August 10, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

  3. The thimbleberries I sampled a couple of days ago were past their prime 😦 Tis a brief season. Lovely photographs….

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    Comment by Maureen — August 11, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    • Yes, the ones at the lower elevations are about gone now. These were around 5500 feet and on the north slope.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  4. You’ve reminded me that I promised the Wife I’d go pick blueberries with her this weekend. Gotta replenish the jelly supply for PB&J sandwiches for the school year.

    Ever made jelly with these?

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    Comment by wolf — August 11, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

    • Not with thimbleberries. Lots of jelly and syrup with chokecherries though; my favorite.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

    • You can make jam with thimbleberries. It is delicious and in teh Upper Peninsula of Michigan, quite a little industry.

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      Comment by K — August 28, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

      • I bet it is delicious! It must take a lot of time to pick enough berries to make jam!

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        Comment by montucky — August 28, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

  5. No berries around here, though the cherries are great. Your thimbleberries do look very yummy.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — August 12, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

    • They are very good. This time of year berries of many types are plentiful and the bears are putting on fat for winter. It’s a bountiful time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — August 12, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  6. I missed this post somehow. I’ve never eaten these, very pretty, though.

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    Comment by Candace — August 13, 2009 @ 12:48 am

    • I think I remember these in northern Arizona but it has been a long time.

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      Comment by montucky — August 13, 2009 @ 8:00 am

  7. Interesting information. I didn’t know that and thanks for bringing me up to speed. I will check back more often.

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    Comment by mtb — August 15, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  8. nice!

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    Comment by silken — August 23, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

  9. Love your fantastic photos of Montana. Thanks for sharing these fine views of our beautiful state.

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    Comment by Marlene Affeld — September 21, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    • Thanks for the visit and comment, Marlene! Good to hear from a neighbor!

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      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2009 @ 8:45 pm


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