Bring on the Berries

Black Caps

This raspberry variety looks like a little blackberry, and they pack a flavorful punch with floral notes. These are on their way out, so check out U-Pick farms, like Biringer Farms in Arlington, for availability. 

Currants

These tiny little berries are so cute, we almost can’t stand it. They come in a variety of colors (red, black, and golden) and are perfect for jam-making. These tart berries are a great addition to salads or straight from the vine. 

Golden Raspberries

Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, this raspberry variety has a sweet, apricot flavor, with just a touch of tartness. We love to snack on them individually, but they’d also make an unexpected addition to a cheesecake or fruit salad. 

Tayberries

A cross between a blackberry and raspberry, these Scotland-born berries are available only from June to mid-August, when they’re fall-off-the-vine juicy. The purple berries are the ripest. 

Thimbleberry

This lesser-known gem looks similar to a raspberry, but its hollow core, resembling a thimble, is what gave this berry its name. The peak season is July through August, and they’re perfect for jam. You’re more likely to come across these in the wild than at a market, so keep an eye out on roadsides in shady, cool areas. 

Don’t forget

Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are nearing the end of their season, too. There’s just no comparison to food that’s local and in-season, so capitalize on this opportunity. 

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