As I was looking through the way some one arrived at my blog over at the BlogLog I saw the query "When do Wild Raspberries ripen in Iowa?" I would like to respond to that question.
It is very likely that there are some Wild Raspberries being picked in the southern tier counties of Iowa as we speak.
Here is what the Wild Raspberries are doing here at Timber Life today. This afternoon you can see a red tinge beginning in the middle of the group.
They are pretty predictable in that they usually begin to ripen by the end of the third week of June. The middle black cap starts off blushing red. I begin to pick them when they turn black and shiny with juice filled pockets.
I usually eat them plain, as a garnish to several different foods or topped with Reddi-wip. Maybe, this year I will put them in some sort of dessert.
Last summer Wandering Owl Outside gave us an idea how the berries could be made into a tasty treat. Check it out.
Mulberry. However, when it comes to right off the tree sweet treats they rank pretty highly.
The birds seem to have a homing beacon when the berries are at their best.
One of the bad things about the Mulberry is its ability to reproduce prolifically. Guess I will just have to take the good with the bad.
If the gooseberry stays on the bush and gets to the wine colored stage it is very mellow and even becomes sweet.
Whatever wild fruit that fits your taste bud you should be heading to the woods soon
So, to answer the question of "When do Wild Raspberries ripen in Iowa?"
Now is the time to keep an eye on your favorite patches....