Orignal Post: July 14, 2014
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a little girl loved to explore the woods. She would find small clearings and assemble rocks to form tables and chairs and chat with her many (imaginary) woodland friends. She would hide notepads and pens in the hollowed out trunks of fallen trees. She would break open rocks in search of rare gems. And she would feast on berries.
Ok. So it wasn’t that romantic. But I did love to explore the woods around my childhood home. Probably to get away from the chaos inside. There were pretty little violet flowers and there were berries. And I ate them. So good.
I was beyond thrilled to find the berries growing in the woods near my adulthood home. I showed them to my Faithful Assistant and he was thrilled too. And we were even more thrilled to find them growing like crazy in the woods by our church.
So after church on Sunday, basket in hand, we set off and picked about two cups of berries and made some really wonderful Wineberry Jam.
I had no idea what kind of berries I have been enjoying for so long. Thanks to a friend who knows her nature stuff, I learned what they are. Read more about Wineberries here.
The jam was easy to make and didn’t need pectin. It’s not terribly thick. It would be great stirred into oatmeal or swirled into muffins.
Equal amount of sugar
1. Combine the berries and sugar and cook on medium to medium high heat until the sugar melts and starts to boil.
2. Remove from heat and cool.
I only had two cups of wineberries so I didn’t see the point of getting canning jars and putting any away. If you are going to save some for later (lucky you for having so many berries!) you MUST follow proper canning protocol. STERILE JARS ARE A MUST!
The wineberry season is a short one. We are hoping that there are berries left when we get back to church next week.
I must add that if you find wild berries and you aren’t sure what they are and you don’t know anyone who can identify them, do not eat them. I was 100% certain my berries were safe. Not all berries you find in the woods are.