Today as M. and I hiked along a little valley in an offshoot of Forest Park, we passed by tall stands of a bramble berry growing along the stream. The magenta petals of the large flowers were frozen. Salmonberries are the earliest bramble to ripen in the Northwest.
Native Americans used this sweet, watery fruit a lot, but they also ate the young stems of the plant raw or steamed. The fruit can be golden to reddish.