For the past few weeks or so I've been gorging myself on Choke Cherries, Thimbleberries, Salal berries, Huckleberries, Saskatoon Berries, Black Caps and native Blackberries, both fresh and in crumbles and vinaigrettes, and now the most profuse type of berry, the invasive Himalayan blackberries are ripening! I had my first taste of them today. Very soon now I will be forced to make wine from having so many of them around. And I will probably add plums as they will be ripe at the same time. I've also been having some puffballs, seaweeds, grass seeds, salicornia and dandelions but few of the other wild greens are tasty right now and so far the fungal variety is not so great this year as it was in the past few years, and the cattail flowers are all done now, though the shoots can still be eaten. So the main seasonal bounty right now is still berries, and the seaweed is always available, and so easily taken for granted.
Salmonberries are not yet done and there are now Wild Strawberries, Huckleberries, Thimbleberries, and a few of the Native Blackberries and Chokecherries are ripe now too! I'm still harvsting lots of Salicornia, and Seaweeds, and now there are more mushooms to choose from too. I got some nice Puffballs the other day and they went into a stir-fry. .Yum! The Lambs Quarters at the beach are getting too strong tasting now and the Sea Rocket is going into flower along with the Watercress, so they're off the menu for awhile. Cattail flowers are just starting to appear as it has been unusually rainy and cold fort this late in the season and I'm still eating the shoots. Pine Pollen is definitely done for the year and those pesky Tent Caterpillars are finally making themselves scarce as they crawl off to wrap themselves in cocoons until they become Moths, after eating everything in sight and terrorizing the neighborhood.