Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cranberries! Not.

It's really cold and it might snow a little today.  However, I'm still on the hunt for wintergreen berries so I went back to the same conservation area today but from the other entrance.  No wintergreen berries but I found another red berry that looked very much like an alpine cranberry, aka lingonberry.  But it was powdery inside, and I couldn't figure it out.  Was it just that there had been a frost?  Why was it so weird?

What did we ever do before we had smart phones?  I spent a little time right there in the woods looking it up and discovered that I did not have lingonberry but bearberry, aka Arctostaphylos uva-ursi.  Not inedible, but not tasty, and certainly not a lingonberry. Drat.

I came home and canned that chicken stock I made last week.  4 quart jars and 1 pint jar.

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