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The Pancake Chronicles: juniper berries

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

juniper berries

Yesterday I saw these beautiful berries during a hike to Cameron Falls.


Blogger Rachel said...

I am going to take wild guess and say those weren't fit for human consumption?

17 September 2006 at 17:53  
Blogger Colleen said...

Rachel - Your guess is as good as mine! Let's just say I didn't try it to find out. :P I should ask my friend Wendy what they are. She's a northern girl through and through. I'm sure she'd know.

17 September 2006 at 17:58  
Blogger Sonya said...

Great picture!!

17 September 2006 at 18:34  
Blogger Kori said...

I can see that bush with a lovely dusting of white snow and Christmas lights... am I nuts to already be thinking that way :)

17 September 2006 at 19:01  
Anonymous Jillian said...

That is one of the prettiest pictures I've seen! What a great eye you have!
Kori - I'm so the same! We woke up to snow in Manning on Thursday and it made me wish it was Christmas. So you're not nuts on your own. :)

17 September 2006 at 21:44  
Anonymous Betsy said...

Did you eat one?

17 September 2006 at 22:52  
Anonymous Betsy said...

never mind- I guess they were snow white deadly! Very pretty pic though!

17 September 2006 at 22:53  
Blogger Keri's Collage... said...

They look like wild blueberries that M Stewart had on her show a year or so ago! They pick them with special rakes!!
Or maybe not...better not try them until you know for sure!!

18 September 2006 at 00:28  
Blogger Ace said...

One a berry, two a berry, hot cross buns.

For some reason my brain chose to replace penny with berry.

Did you eat them? Atleast one? Although blue food generally makes me queasy.
Hey you, what's going on? I'll be going hiking in a few days myself and I'm sooo excited!

Secret word:yowvllys (yow valleys)

18 September 2006 at 07:55  
Blogger Colleen said...

Sonya - thanks, girlie!

Kori - it's the piney-looking foliage's fault. It just lends itself to ponder Christmasy thoughts, I'm sure of it. And how can you be crazy to be thinking of the bestest time of the year? :)

Jillian - Thank you! You made my heart glow.<3 I was kind of going crazy taking pictures that day. (Just ask Mark) A HUGE hunk of them I just deleted when I got home cuz well, you know, that's the joy of a digital camera, you can huck what sucks. I think a digital encourages me to be more adventursome because I don't have to pay for every picture I take and, well, I can be cheap. Hmmm. Probably just a "thank you, Jillian" would have sufficed! (gleep)

Kori and Jillian - if you're in the mood for Christmas already you should come to Yellowknife! Snow should be here in just a few short weeks. You would get your fill for certain!

Betsy - fortunately (or unfortunately depending on the nature of your feelings toward me) I did not eat them. My mom seemed to think they looked like yew berries. I looked them up on the internet and beside YEW it said "Fatal. Foliage more toxic than berries. Death is usually sudden without warning symptoms". Eep!

Hey Keri! Thanks for coming by! I truly wish they had been wild blueberries because it sounds lovely and so Martha. You know, "oh yes, my dear! I collected wild blueberries with my special rake today. Come by later for tea and wildberry scones!" Alas, no such thing. (See the response to Betsy.) Those wildberry scones would be the last thing I'd ever consume!

Acie! It would be great if we could replace every penny with berries for then we could munch our way through a lot of useless change! ;) No worries. Not one mysterious berry of blue did I consume. (See response to Betsy).
Do blueberries make you queasy? And is "yowvllys" the name of the place you're going hiking? Why is is secret? So many questions for thee. :)

18 September 2006 at 08:43  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

Hey, Colleen, I'm 99.9999% certain those are Juniper berries, and very edible. I actually have some dried Juniper I bought from Epicure Selections, which I have a salmon recipe that calls for them. And I think a venison stew recipe, too. (Both in Nourishing Traditions, btw.) Check out the Wikipedia entry, and tell me if you think I'm right.

18 September 2006 at 11:31  
Blogger Colleen said...

T-Bean! Well, I'll be jiggered. I do think you're right! YAY! I could have eaten them. Dag nabbit. And come to think about it I remember Mark saying something about juniper when we were hiking. There were different berries we saw out there. After I took this picture I should have stripped it clean and made some scones a la Martha Stewart. Thanks, smarty pants! ;) LY.

18 September 2006 at 11:50  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

LOL. You'll know for next time! I'm just jealous about the whole fact that you were even HIKING in the first place. So sad--I live in this wonderful hiking territory now, with hills all up and down the Peace that just call to me--but it's pretty tricky to go hiking pushing a stroller and coaxing two preschool/toddler age children to keep up. So...I hope we live here long enough that I can actually take advantage of the wonderful terrain I see every day outside my window.

And I was going to say earlier: Jillian, you're in Manning? We're practically neighbours!

18 September 2006 at 13:34  
Blogger Dickie Chick said...

Love the pic Colleen! Beautiful! If those are edible, it might be fun to try them!

18 September 2006 at 15:27  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thanks, Chickie-D! I would love to try them but I fear it may never happen. In one post I have gone from "Fatal. Foliage more toxic than berries. Death is usually sudden without warning symptoms" to "I'm 99.9999% certain those are Juniper berries, and very edible"!!! Although I believe them now to be edible I think I would be extremely nervous to swallow unless a Berry Whiz was standing beside me saying softly in my ear, "Go ahead, sweet girl! Partake! Partake!" Know any Berry Whizzes?

18 September 2006 at 16:53  
Blogger Laurie said...

I can confirm for you that they are 100% edible and taste a little different they have a blueberry texture but have a slight pine flavour. I tried them a few weeks ago when we were wild cranberry picking with a friend.

18 September 2006 at 19:51  
Anonymous Betsy said...

Yikes so glad u didnt eat them girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18 September 2006 at 19:55  
Blogger Colleen said...

Awesome, Laurie! Yes, I'm feeling more and more confident all the time. Maybe I'll keep an eye on you for a couple more days and if you don't turn blue or have a random limb fall off I'll venture a nibble. :)

Betsy - FYI! sounds like the berries have been deemed edible and are called juniper berries. Laurie ate one and has verified their edibleness. Yehaa!

18 September 2006 at 21:50  
Blogger Betsy77 said...

oh yummy! Over ice cream...
Bring some for the bachelor k!

18 September 2006 at 23:03  
Blogger Cheryl of the Wilds of C said...

Nice berries.

19 September 2006 at 01:13  
Blogger Ace said...

Well you and I can start are own currency = juniper berries.

the secret word? That was the word verification thingy. That's what it showed and I figured it meant yow valleys.

19 September 2006 at 05:19  
Blogger Colleen said...

Bets! Hot java, berries and ice cream and The Bachelor ... here we come!

Ruthie - for some reason your comment made me laugh. Is that weird? I think so. But thanks! I thought they were nice, too. :)

Ace! I love it! That would be a GREAT currency. It delights me just thinking of it. Although there's a chance I'd become poor because of eating my income. :) And thanks for clarifying re: yow valleys. Those verifications make me laugh. And is it just me or are they becoming longer and weirder?

19 September 2006 at 11:38  
Anonymous Betsy said...


19 September 2006 at 22:30  

any questions?

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