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A Berry Good Reason to Come to the Emerald Isle

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

On the island of Kodiak, berry picking is a local favorite!    

“Wild berry pick is an enjoyable and time-honored tradition, especially in Alaska.  Nearly 50 species of berries grow wild in Alaska.  Most of these berries are edible, many a real treat to the taste buds” (Alaska Northwest Books, 2012, p. 8). 

Our local berries are also beneficial to your health.  Many contain vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C.   

Some edible berries on our Emerald Isle include:

·        Bog Blueberry, Alpine Blueberry

o   Harvested mid-July to September

o   Pies, jellies, jams, syrups

·        Cloudberry, Low Bush Salmonberry

o   Gathered late June to mid-August

o   Jams, Jellies, Desserts

·        Lingonberry, Low Bush Cranberry

o   Flowers mid-late June

o   Jams, syrups, liquors, wild game sauces, etc.

·        Nagoonberry, Arctic Raspberry

o   Ripen end of July & harvested through August

o   Jams, jellies, and liqueurs

·        Salmonberry

o   Bloom April - June

o   Ready to harvest in July

o   Pies, jams, jellies, desserts

Depending upon the type of berry and their preparation, berries can be safe in the freezer for up to 24 months.  Berries are used to make breads, salads, dressings, main courses, condiments, sauces, desserts, beverages, and preserves. 

Please stop by the Discover Kodiak office located at 100 Marine Way, Suite 200 to pick up some free recipes, purchase a cookbook, purchase a book to assist you with identifying edible berries, to learn more about our members who can take you berry picking, or to find out more about our members who offer food and beverages made with delicious Alaskan berries.

Reference

Alaska Northwest Books (2012).  The Alaska Wild Berry Cookbook.  Portland:  Alaska Northwest Books.

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