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Been holding out on you Sticks! So here ya' go!

Pretty much the same as a "Purple-Flowering Raspberry", just white flowers.
Rubus odoratus

Doesn't have thorns

Here is the easily ID'd plant

Here's where the berry would grow, but we're out of season here for them.

Not my picture, but here is what the berry would look like

They're pretty much like a raspberry but a little drier and more tart. They're used a lot to make jams. The reason it's typically not seen in stores as a berry is most likely because it doesn't hold its shape in containers very well.

You take it off the plant and it'll break up very easily, so putting them in a bucket, they get squished and broken up really easy. I prefer to eat them as I go, or throw them in my metal bucket mess kit rather than my canvas water bag as it'll get messy.

I think they're delicious. On occasion you'll find the plants in tiny groups, but most of the time, you find thimble berry plant there will be a ton all over the place, if not a huge patch/field of them! They're pleasant to pick, unlike raspberries at times lol.

For those of you unaware, there is a deadly plant that looks fairly similar to grape and, consequently , like Thimble berry. This plant lacks tendrils while grape does not! The berries also only have a single crescent-shaped seed! Apparently the berries are unpalatable and potentially fatal if enough are eaten. Notice, too, the moonseed isn't serrated like grape is.

Keep in mind, thimble berry is a ground plant, while moonseed is a vine.

Canada Moonseed (Menispermum canadense) POISON! BAD PLANT DO NOT EAT IT!
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I find these taste a lot like strawberries. Absolutely delicious. In fact, I had two encounter with deer last year who were nibbling the berries off of some bushes, so the deer must love 'em, too.
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thimbleberries are usually 2 dry imo, but there are worse fruits out there, and its bloody hard to confuse them with any poisonous ones in my region 2. nice write up u did there.
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Some thimbleberries are sweeter than others...I love them! There is no way to mistake them for a poisonous berry. They have large maple-like leaves, and no fruit that looks like a raspberry or blackberry, as thimleberry does, is poisonous. Enjoy!
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I love thimbleberry jam, I go over to Poor Rock Abbey whenever I run out. The good Brothers have a nice stock already made!!! And I don't worry about eatin' the wrong thing!
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*sigh* you folks in the wetter parts of the country don't know how good you have it. The closest thing we have to berries here is off the desert hack berry:

Tiny, tart, and with a huge stone in the center. Then again, there's always prickly pears:

nothing like spending an hour scraping off the immensely painful glochids to get the to sweet bit

count your blessings people =P
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love those thornless thimble berries, they line my driveway so I get to pick a handful every morning when I walk out the get the paper
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Originally Posted by desertprovender View Post

nothing like spending an hour scraping off the immensely painful glochids to get the to sweet bit
Burn them off, or blast them off with water. I've done both.
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Hmm, I like 'em too, but I've rarely seen them. I wonder if I could *grow* them?
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Rubus odoratus is the purple-flowering Raspberry. The Thimbleberry is Rubus parviflorus
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To grow Thimbleberries you would need a very moist shady location with lots of leaf compost. Along a shady creek bank would be ideal.
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