I went to Marin County in search of huckleberries. I left with a full huckle bucket, but also something I’d never seen before: Salal berries. It pays to keep your eyes open.
Berries and Fruits
The high Sierra, or really any Western mountain range, is a treasure trove of summer berries. We recently found four different kinds on one trip.
I’ve been on a wild berry rampage this month. This will be the first of three berry posts, starting with picking elderberries and blackberries here in the Central Valley.
If you live on the West Coast, you’ve seen the stunning, red-barked shrub called manzanita. But I bet you did not know the berries make a delicious cider…
A chance encounter with a mulberry tree just a few hundred yards from my home sparked me to pick what, for me, had been an unloved fruit for many years. Now I am a changed man…
In most places, elderberries don’t come ripe until September, but in the South and Southern California they can ripen as early as late May, and here in NorCal we start getting ripe elderberries in late June. So depending on where you go, you can get ripe elderberries from May until November. The secret to elderberries,