Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wild currants flowering in Bear Creek Park

In the natural areas of Bear Creek Park, these currants add to the plant cover, along with edible saskatoons, salmon berries, and more.

In the past, people picked wild berries for food. Now, few bother with most wild fruits, although some do wrestle with the thorny brambles to get in on the bumper crops of different kinds of wild blackberries that the Lower Mainland produces between August and October each year.

Currants have a high pectin content. Cooked into jam with raspberries or strawberries, they add thickness as well as a pleasing tartness. Note: please don't eat unidentified wild berries.

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