Keweenaw Gold: Thimbleberries
With as rich of a mining history as the Keweenaw Peninsula has you might think Keweenaw Gold is a mineral. But as we approach midsummer the prospectors roaming the deep woods of the Keweenaw are looking for something a bit tastier.
Resembling the top of a thimble, a thimbleberry is a bright-red berry that is common in the Keweenaw but not many other places in the U.S. Deliciously sweet with a hint of tartness, this berry is highly sought after and often made into jam.
Thimbleberries are easily identified by their leaves which are very large, eight inches or more across and hand-shaped. Early season the flowers are usually white, and have five white petals that appear to be very flimsy. Ripe thimbleberries are a deep red, and resemble raspberries in shape and structure.
They grow in small crops and they take the patience of a monk to pick, so the going rate for an 8oz jar of jam is $25-35.00! Keweenaw Gold!
Want to try the jam and not interesting in investing the time and effort? Head on our to one of our favorite places The Jampot, where actual monks do have the time, patience and skill to produce this tasty jam!