I had read that these berries are edible, though very sour, so I tried one. I spit it out immediately. I did some further reading, and found that it takes a frost or two (which increases the fructose content) to make the berries palatable.
That's the idea, at least. I'm walking westward from New York City for nine months or so.
If everything goes according to plan, I'll be in Oregon when the clock runs out.
If nothing goes according to plan, maybe I'll end up in Peru or Mongolia or Pennsylvania.
You can read all about the details of my trip
if you're so inclined.
They look good though, so pretty in blue.
the grapes of wrath…
NOW THATS FUNNY!!!!!
Yes they make for a pretty shot. To bad the taste wasn’t as good as it looks.
Did you see Cleopatra?
These plants are great to landscape your property if you have deer that eat virtually everything, because they won’t eat this plant!! They sure are pretty when they are “in bloom” though …
Glad to see you are nearing the finish of your trek. We would love to see you down here on the Central Coast of California!!
Never found them palatable at any stage, but after a frost combine them with sugar and pectin for a good jelly. You have to strain the mixture, though, because they aren’t so good as jam.
Good thing you read them directions fully before trying. So before double frost they rank with that RED BEer stuff we are all so found (not) of……
Great blue color’s though
They may not taste good, the roots do make a lovely yellow dye.
interesting Bev… have you dyed anything with the roots???
Maybe they are like persimmons in the tart department, they also need a shock of cold frost to get the tannins out. They are a pretty blue though.
Love this blue! beautiful close- up Matt
PLEASE NOTE! IT IS OREGON’S STATE FLOWER! It has lovely yellow flowers until the berries come on. Birds love them more than people, I think!
So, while I am at it:
Oregon State Flower: Oregon Grape
Oregon State Bird: Western Meadow Lark
State Tree: Douglas Fir
State Animal: Beaver
Maybe, with luck, Matt will see all of these things.
I’m so duh, I thought it was actually a grape.