Rubus spectabilis

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.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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