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oh'mike 06-13-2013 05:58 PM

Wild strawberry time in the midwest
 
This is the week for picking wild strawberries---
They like the same soil as wild daises--so look for the daises--

Wild strawberries also thrive in flat spots that tend to hold water after a rain.

If you have never tried a wild strawberry you are in for a real treat---sweet and full of flavor---a real memory maker-----Mike----

Windows on Wash 06-13-2013 06:02 PM

Never had the wild strawberry but I do have wild raspberries in my backyard if I can snatch them up before the deer do.

oh'mike 06-13-2013 06:14 PM

I have a stand of black raspberrys at the back fence line----it's a treat.

I need to go strawberry hunting this weekend---I found enough to make a few bottles of jam one year---boy that was good---

TheEplumber 06-13-2013 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1200713)
I have a stand of black raspberrys at the back fence line----it's a treat.

I need to go strawberry hunting this weekend---I found enough to make a few bottles of jam one year---boy that was good---

You're making my mouth water!
Hey, I bet the Native Americans used to harvest them- how about arrow heads too :thumbup:

It'll be huckleberry season here pretty soon- I think they go for about $40 a gallon

creeper 06-13-2013 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1200713)
I have a stand of black raspberrys at the back fence line----it's a treat.

I need to go strawberry hunting this weekend---I found enough to make a few bottles of jam one year---boy that was good---

A basket full for Fathers Day and strawberry soaked jeans to prove it !:)

concretemasonry 06-13-2013 08:58 PM

Just a couple of the small wild strawberries are better than anything you can buy.

You must have timing and remember where they are. - Like Morel mushrooms and you never tell anyone exactly where they came from. When I was kid spending on the farm time with my cousins we would go out to bring in the cows for milking, we would pick berries and bring them back. - My cousins would not tell their parents where they found them.

Dick

oh'mike 06-13-2013 09:14 PM

The best patch I ever found was just a happy accident--It was fathers day and I was heading to my folks house.

My father liked daisy's and I spotted a meadow filled with them a couple of miles from their house.

As I wandered in I spotted the berries---a field full--I picked a hat full and hit the road---

My mother was amazed--party was postponed as we all went berry picking---my knees were red and we had a pail full---

Never found a field like that again---but I have found a few that were darn good---

gma2rjc 06-14-2013 03:19 PM

We had wild strawberries, raspberries and blackberries in the fields behind my mom & dad's house when we were kids. There are also a lot of elderberries out there.

A few weeks ago I was doing some landscaping at my mom's house and found 12 wild strawberry plants around her front porch. We never knew they were there. Probably because they blend in with all of the weeds :yes:.

Anyway, I dug them up, brought them home and put them in my garden where the rabbits can't get to them. One of them has 1 bloom on it. And 2 of the smaller plants didn't survive being transplanted, but the others look healthy.

Barb

user1007 06-16-2013 07:06 AM

They were fairly common as a groundcover planting in Northern California. It was a pleasant look with nice flowers. If you were lucky they would produce fruit and their is nothing like them.

There were lots of strawberry growers in the area also so we got nice ripe ones at roadside stands. It seems like the ones you buy now look red and big but taste like sawdust.

gma2rjc 06-17-2013 09:08 AM

That's what's nice about the wild berries, they haven't been hybridized to grow to the size of small apples, while being white and tasteless inside.

creeper 06-17-2013 10:58 AM

You haven't truly lived until you've tasted a fresh Ontario strawberry. As Barb says..smaller, juicy and red all the way through. Self life about 36 hrs from farmers field.

Or a Niagara Peach..Yum.

Oso954 06-17-2013 01:04 PM

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There were lots of strawberry growers in the area also so we got nice ripe ones at roadside stands.
They are still here !
Field ripened and fresh always beats picked green or overripe by too long in the reefer.


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