Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ribes hudsonianum



Ribes hudsonianum
Grossulariaceae, gooseberry family
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August 12 2008, on the power line east of Mendenhall subdivision.
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A wonderful berry to pick, no thorns and picks fast and clean somehow.
You have to like the taste though, it is strong. It makes a very good jam, for some a favorite.
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I find it in open places in moist, dark woods. I do not come upon it very often though. Again it seems to like it where a right away of some kind is being cut through the woods.
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Ribes: Persian word meaning acid-tasting
hudsonianum, I imagine it grows along the Hudson Bay.

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