Blog Party: Berries!

It’s high summer, and berries all over the northern hemisphere are getting ripe. Herb bloggers have come in from their harvesting (just for a minute) to write about their favorite berries.

Angie at The Herbalist’s Path started us off with a post on Salal Berries, native to her home in the Pacific Northwest. I’m intrigued by her description of the taste—like almonds!

I wrote about Pokeberry, one of the classic Appalachian herbs.

Darcey at Gaia’s Gifts wrote about Chokecherry, and gave a lovely reminder about putting up cherries in brandy (yum).

Ananda at Plant Journeys gave us a post on Wineberries, including some luscious pictures.

And Kiva of A Medicine Woman’s Roots posted on her “berry of choice of the moment,” Wild Canyon Grape. And she promised us some recipes soon!

Next month’s party: Preserving the harvest.

What are your favorite ways to preserve the profusion of summer herbs for the winter months? Do you have interesting tips for drying, tincturing, oil-infusing, honey-extracting, or otherwise putting up herbs? Or tell us about your must-have herbs for the winter. What are you especially excited about preserving this season?

Put your post on your blog during the last week of August, and email me a link.

On September 1st, I’ll post the party here!

(As always, if you’re interested in hosting a blog party, or you have ideas for good themes, let me know!)

UPDATE (22 August): Guido at A Radicle made a post on berries yesterday.

Another UPDATE (30 August): The unstoppable Henriette of Henriette’s Herbal Blog has posted an entry on how she uses berries, with a focus on Vacciniums and urinary tract infections.

8 Comments »

  1. Jan S. said,

    August 17, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    Nice view out your kitchen window! Very nice. Nice touch to your website too.

    Jan

  2. crabappleherbs said,

    August 17, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    Thanks, Jan!

    I do enjoy that view of the hayfield. Yesterday we had a big tom turkey just wander along the fence.

    I’m worried the picture is a little too big, though — that it takes up too much room on the screen. I might try to take another one that could be narrower.

  3. Jan Sensenich said,

    August 21, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    For what it is worth, I would leave the photo as is. I think it is perfect. I like the width and the way yor tools standout against the view of the field, framed by the window.

    We have had lots of turkeys too this year. Their was a beautiful hen with three little chicks parading around our yard one morning. Very cute.

    I hope summer is going well for you. It was 38 yesterday morning! Summer is going fast and my tomatoes are only starting to ripen!

    Take care,

    Jan

  4. Kiva Rose said,

    August 24, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

    I think the pic is the perfect size, it really adds a wonderful, open feel to the blog!

  5. crabappleherbs said,

    August 25, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    Thanks, Kiva and Jan! It’s nice for me to have the blog look just like my actual kitchen.

    (And Jan, 38 degrees? That seems cold for August, even in Vermont. Are you up on a mountain?)

  6. Jan S. said,

    August 28, 2007 @ 8:07 am

    We are at one of the higer elevations in Sharon, close to the ridge that runs near the S. Strafford-Sharon border, about 1,500 feet, which is not really very high, but compared to Sharon Village @ 500 feet, that thousand foot climb makes a big difference in the weather. This morning the valleys were socked in with river valley fog, but the sun at our place was brilliant.

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    November 5, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    Nice one of the higer elevations in Sharon, close to the ridge that runs near the S. Strafford-Sharon border, about 1,500 feet, which is not really very high, but compared to Sharon Village @ 500 feet, that thousand foot climb makes a big difference in the weather. This morning the valleys were socked in with river valley fog, but the sun at our place was brilliant.

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