Thimbleberries… Hiker’s Candy!

Thimbleberries… Hiker’s Candy!

I’m right in the middle of my busy portrait and wedding season, I thought I’d share some of the images I’ve taken from the Cascade Mountains to the Rocky Mountains of one of my favorite finds while hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest – thimbleberries! If you have a great recipe for thimbleberry uses and cooking, I’d sure love to know! Let all of us know in the comments section below…

The humble thimbleberry is one of those often overlooked, highly under-appreciated wild berries that deserves a lot more credit that it gets. Found in all of the western states, and Canadian provinces and all around the Great Lakes, both in the United States and Canada. The humble thimbleberry is considered by many to be superior than any raspberry. It is easily recognized in the wild by its large, papery maple-shaped leaves and completely thornless stalks. The tart, intensely fruity, high in Vitamin C berries are used to make some of the best jellies imaginable, and are often added to other berries such as blueberries, blackberries and raspberries to kick up the sweetness and flavor.

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Ripening Wild Thimbleberries – Federal Way, Washington

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Ripening Wild Thimbleberries – Federal Way, Washington

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Thimbleberries – Rattlesnake Mountain, Washington

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Thimbleberry Flower – Snoqualmie, Washington

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Thimbleberries – Neah Bay, Washington

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Thimbleberry – Glacier National Park, Montana

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Thimbleberries – Glacier National Park, Montana

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Thimbleberries – Glacier National Park, Montana

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Thimbleberries – Glacier National Park, Montana

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Thimbleberries – Glacier National Park, Montana

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Rich Leighton
November 19, 2016
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Pro photographer, writer, master naturalist, Florida native in the PNW, lucky husband, father of two boys, big hockey and soccer fan, and native orchid hunter.

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