I photographed this Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) in Wells, ME on July 16, 2014. Continue reading
Over the years that I’ve been foraging, I’ve stumbled upon very few Gooseberries or Currants (genus Ribes). That’s why I was particularly excited when I discovered dozens of clumps of flowering Hairy-stemmed Gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum) earlier this year. Since then, I’ve made several follow-up trips to check on the ripening fruit. By mid-July, the round fruits had taken on a purple hue and were ready for tasting. Continue reading
Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica) flowers earlier in spring and has fruit ripe sooner than both Choke Cherry and Black Cherry. And whereas Choke and Black have numerous flowers borne in racemes and fruit that is ripe when dark purple or black, Pin Cherry has flowers in small clusters, called fascicles, and fruit that looks like miniature maraschino cherries when ripe. Continue reading
Identify this ripe fruit. For reference, the fruit are about the size as the fruit of Common Lowbush Blueberry. (Photographed in Biddeford, ME on July 12, 2014.)
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Stumbling upon a wild patch of Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) in early summer is like discovering a secret treasure. And because the fruit is so fragile and prone to spoilage, I have no choice but to enjoy the warm treats fresh off the cane. Oh, what a shame! Continue reading