Thimbleberry
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Thimbleberry

Introduction

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) is a species of flowering plant in the rose family, native to North America. It is a deciduous shrub that produces edible fruits, similar to raspberries and blackberries. Thimbleberry is a popular fruit among foragers and is also cultivated for its delicious taste and nutritional value.

Etymology

The name “thimbleberry” comes from the shape of the fruit, which resembles a thimble. The Latin name “Rubus parviflorus” means “small-flowered bramble”.

Description

Thimbleberry is a deciduous shrub that grows up to 2 meters tall. Its stems are covered with prickles and have a purple tint. The leaves are divided into three to five leaflets, each 3-7 cm long. The flowers are small, white, and borne in clusters. The fruit is a aggregate of small, red or purple drupelets, each containing a single seed.

Taxonomy and Cultivars

Thimbleberry belongs to the genus Rubus, which includes raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries. There are several cultivars of thimbleberry, including ‘Thimbleberry’, ‘Native Sun’, and ‘Wildberry’.

CultivarDescription
‘Thimbleberry’The most common cultivar, known for its large, sweet fruits.
‘Native Sun’A compact cultivar with yellow fruits.
‘Wildberry’A cultivar with larger fruits and a sweeter taste.

Distribution and Habitat

Thimbleberry is native to North America, from British Columbia, Canada, to California, USA. It grows in moist, woodland areas and along streams.

Cultivation

Thimbleberry prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is relatively easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance.

Production and Uses

Thimbleberry is used in jams, jellies, pies, and salads. The fruits are also eaten fresh or frozen.

Phytochemistry

Thimbleberry contains anthocyanins, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Flavor

Thimbleberry has a sweet-tart taste, similar to raspberries and blackberries.

Toxicity

Thimbleberry is generally safe to eat, but the leaves and stems contain thorns that can cause skin irritation.

Nutrition

Thimbleberry is rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, and fiber.

NutrientValue (per 100g)
Vitamin C25mg
Vitamin K15mcg
Potassium150mg
Fiber4g

Culture

Thimbleberry has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, particularly for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

“Thimbleberry is a delicious and nutritious fruit that’s perfect for snacking, baking, and making jams and jellies.” – Forager’s Harvest

In conclusion, thimbleberry is a delicious and nutritious fruit that’s perfect for foragers and gardeners alike. Its sweet-tart taste and numerous health benefits make it a great addition to any diet.