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Thimbleberries, BC Coastal Region
Thimbleberries, Photo By Bud Logan

Slipping easily off into your hand when ripe, this ruby red berry is aptly named for its pronounced cup shape. “This is the best tasting and least appreciated berry going.

Thimbleberries are a little bit sour, but not too much, which gives them a bit of a kick.

The plant sports large white flowers and maple like fuzzy leaves, thimbleberry leaves can be used as makeshift containers to collect the berries in, but because the berries do not travel well, they are also best enjoyed at the source.

They ripen from late May to early August, with peak picking in July. These berries grow on all of the south coast.

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