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NAME: Thimbleberry

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Rubus Parviflorus / Rosaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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 sweet

RAW/COOK

Spring

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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sweet

RAW/DRY/COOK

Jul

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT:  Fruit - makes excellent jams and preserves. The fruit can also be dried for later use. A sweet and pleasant flavor. Young shoots - peeled and eaten cooked or raw. The shoots are harvested as they emerge in the spring, and whilst they are still young and tender. They can be cooked like asparagus. Flowers - raw.(1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Rich in vitamin C. Antiemetic;  Antiphlogistic;  Appetizer;  Astringent;  Blood tonic;  Poultice;  Salve;  Stomachic;  Tonic;  Women's complaints. (1)

 

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POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Dye;  Lining;  Soap. The leaves are used to line baskets etc for carrying soft fruit or other delicate items. Plants are very vigorous and can be grown as a tall ground cover for large areas. A soap is obtained from the boiled bark. A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Rubus+parviflorus

  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubus (genus)

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubus_parviflorus (species)

  4. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/thimbleberry.aspx (good photos)

  5. http://northernbushcraft.com/berries/thimbleBerry/notes.htm (good photos)

  6. https://thenorthwestforager.com/2014/08/17/thimbleberry

  7. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Rubus_parviflorus (good photos)