Berry Good Times

My all time favorite fruit is the raspberry. Followed closely by watermelon and white peaches, the raspberry is far sexier and more fun to eat and it has that little umami after flavor that is so satisfying.

But I’ve heard of a new berry, a cloud berry.

It is a highly treasured wild berry, and I’m a little obsessed.

I’m a member of a canning group on Facebook, and  that’s where I heard of these little fruity beauties. They grow on a single stem, with a single berry, in boreal bogs. Yes, I had to look that up, kind of a cool thing, bogs…  and then there’s the boreal part, who knew?

My friend Doug, from Alaska, is looking for volunteers to do some research on berry harvesting in the great tundra.  There was a little back and forth from potential participants, about giving up the location of secret berry patches. No one is asking for that, phew. But if you’re a berry picker in Alaska, check it out!

Oh, it applies to all berries, just not cloudberries.

 

I’d share a recipe, but I don’t have any cloudberry recipes!  So for now, I leave you with  another preservationist’s harvest. Life is good.

Photo credits:  The last two pictures are from my canning friend in Canada, Marcie Bast.

Peachy Tequila Punch Drunk Love

I hear folks are melting in Los Angeles. So sorry,  I’m here, at the beach, watching whales and sipping on whatever I want, whenever I want it!  I love holidays!!

This peachy punch was a hot ticket at the last Nibbles & Sips. Give it a go, with this seasons’ amazing, juicy and abundant peaches. It’s Friday, It’s hot and I know you need a little “vitamin T ” right about now. Am I right?

Are you wondering how I make my fancy ice cubes? Well, make a noise and I’ll expose my ways!  It’s kind of tricky, I’ve had some fails, but I got it locked and loaded now, so I can advise.