South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Thimbleberry season

Thimbleberries in Bear Creek park

From a distance they look almost identical to the salmonberry. They're the same size, red, and grow on shrubs of about the same height and structure. They also grow in the same sorts of areas: clearings in the bush, along paths and on the edge of the woods.

Thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus) have smaller drupelets than their salmonberries or raspberry cousins. The flower is white with five petals, whereas the salmonberry's is purple. Here's the Wikipedia entry.

The fruit is very very soft. It's difficult to pull them off the bush without crushing them beyond recognition. This year they seem sweeter than the salmonberries.

As always, remember to leave some for hobos and other critters.

 A bee bumbles its way into a thimbleberry flower at Fleetwood park in May


Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

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