Thimbleberry Jam

If you’re like most people, you’ve never heard of Thimbleberries. You won’t find them in a store, and they probably don’t grow where you live. Thimbleberries are similar to raspberries, but only  grow in the Keweenaw peninsula of the upper peninsula  of Michigan. They grow wild there, are in season in mid-August, and are DELICIOUS. Their gigantic leaves and bright red berries make them easy to spot on the side of the road and along trails.

While we were in the upper peninsula this past week, I foraged a few and made some delicious jam this morning. I’ll post more about our trip later! In the meantime, here’s how to make thimbleberry jam!


If you need more help with canning, check out How to Can Strawberry Jam. You’ll find step by step photos and more specific directions for jam making.

In case you’re interested….a fall trip to Pictured Rocks and 5 post-vacation survival tips.

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