It’s been a BERRY good summer!

Chokecherry Shrub

Chokecherry Shrub

The wild berries have been absolutely prolific this summer. Blueberries were stupendous and are still being picked at this late date. They are big and juicy and numerous – it is easy to pick a gallon per hour if you are in the right location(try looking under the ferns). Now the Chokecherries are getting ripe.

Chokecherries

Chokecherries

When the Chokecherries are like this, they are so easy to pick. I was able to pick 5 pounds of cherries in 1/2 hour. The Chokecherries are super tart and the pit is poisonous so processing is necessary to make these berries edible.

First, the berries need to cooked for about 10 minutes, then you must put them through a jelly bag to strain out the juice.

Canning supplies

Canning supplies

The taste of Chokecherry jelly is unparalleled. The tart combined with the sweet sugar is so tangy! I went a little overboard this year, I put up two batches of Chokecherry jelly (along with several pints of Blueberry jelly) and put a good amount of strained juice in the freezer for later this winter when I’m going to try making Chokecherry Wine!

Finished Product

Finished Product

This entry was posted in Crane Lake Area. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to It’s been a BERRY good summer!

  1. Oh, you’re making my mouth water! I remember picking chkecherries into ice cream pails with my Mom. The batches we made never jellied very well but we used it as a thick syrup on pancakes and ice cream.

    Delish!

    • Vacation says:

      I think I’m going to pick up some jalapeno peppers and make hot/sweet pepper relish. It sounds like it’d be a great combination with Chokecherries. I picked another 5 pounds this morning. Amid the singing Mourning Warbler and drumming Flicker, I had to compete with the Cedar Waxwings to get the best cherries! There’s plenty out there for everyone this year.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.