There are wild strawberries to be picked both in my garden and along a small road I walked in the woods. It must mean it is still summer? But I have to admit that I have started harvesting wild berries and that usually means the summer is ending for this year.
I have picked billberries, or blueberries as we call them in norwegian (blåbær). They are smaller than american blueberries, but the taste is richer and they contain more vitamins, and not the least: there are a lot this year and they are free to pick in the woods.
The raspberries were late this year, and I am picking them now. Both the big ones in my garden, and the smaller wild ones that have the richest raspberry taste you can imagine. They grow abundantly along the fields just outside my garden, and I also have a taste of them when I walk the dog in the woods. At home I do as I do with all wild berries: I mash them with some sugar and eat it as jam on bread. Or use them as dessert.
Later I will pick cowberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). They are not ripe yet, but are one of my favorites among the wild berries, even if they are not very sweet. Actually they are quite sour, but mixed with sugar they taste excellent on bread. Personally I prefer dark bread made with different kinds of flour and seeds with the cowberry jam.
I have picked more cloudberries, but now that season is soon finished, even at the high mountains were they ripen last. With the cloudberries I don’t do as with the other wild berries. I don’t mash them with some suger and then freeze what I don’t need at once. Instead I sprinkle some of them with sugar and freeze them like this, to be eaten as dessert with fresh cream later. Most of them I boil just a little, with sugar of course, and fill in hot glass jars. These can be frozen also, but it is not not necessary if they are going to be eaten within a year or two and you have a cool cellar. Like cowberries they contain a lot of natural preservatives and they can stay fresh for ages.. More photos here.