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Old 06-23-2009, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Homer
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I was wondering if anyone knows where to pick cloudberries in abundance on the Kenai Peninsula?
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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I was wondering if anyone knows where to pick cloudberries in abundance on the Kenai Peninsula?
Dunno...I might find out too
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Whats a cloudberry? Timwe for google...

I've seen them but not in abundance. I believe it was on the west side of Cook Inlet. Are they the same as salmon berries? The pictures in google looked like low bush. The salmon berries I saw on the west side had quite tall bushes.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:30 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Whats a cloudberry? Timwe for google...

I've seen them but not in abundance. I believe it was on the west side of Cook Inlet. Are they the same as salmon berries? The pictures in google looked like low bush. The salmon berries I saw on the west side had quite tall bushes.
what I found is that is just another name for salmon berry. see this link

Plants of Alaska: Cloudberry Hotlist
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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Here in southeast, wherever there are muskegs there are cloudberries. They'll be sporatic here and there and suddenly you're in the thick of 'em if you wander around a bit. There's something about the texture of them I'm not crazy about. My favorite are the lowbush cranberries, I can lose whole days crawling around the muskegs daydreaming and searching for cranberries. Yummm! Looks like a great berry season comin' on. I can't wait!
They were nuts last year. I picked 12 gallons; hoping for more of the same this year. Ever had cranberry catsup? You can make this with store-bought cranberries, but made with wild Alaska cranberries, there's just nothin' like it.

Cook a quart of cranberries in 1/2c. white vinegar and 1/2 water 'til they're soft and put through a sieve. Back into the pot and add:
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. each salt, cloves, ginger, paprika
1 tsp. cinnamon
cook on low for 5 minutes, add 2 tbs. butter
This'll keep in the frige for weeks but it probably won't last that long. Or, you can make a big batch and water-bath it for 10 minutes.

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Old 06-23-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Grammas...I think I read somewhere you aren't supposed to pick them until after a frost? True???
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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Grammas...I think I read somewhere you aren't supposed to pick them until after a frost? True???

No. Oh, gosh no! You'd freeze your fingers off if you waited that long to start picking. I think that rumor got mixed up with someone's wise suggestion that the highbush cranberries would tase like something more than dirty socks if you waited for the frost to bring the sugars out. Don't work there either. They still smell and taste like dirty socks. Can't figure out why anyone would use them.
I get so anxious when there's a bumper crop that I start picking when they just have a blush of red and let them ripen in my big red bowl on the front porch whilst I go get more. I'm at the end of the road with nothing but logging roads and muskegs beyond me for miles, dang hard to get all those berries picked!
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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No. Oh, gosh no! You'd freeze your fingers off if you waited that long to start picking. I think that rumor got mixed up with someone's wise suggestion that the highbush cranberries would tase like something more than dirty socks if you waited for the frost to bring the sugars out. Don't work there either. They still smell and taste like dirty socks. Can't figure out why anyone would use them.
I get so anxious when there's a bumper crop that I start picking when they just have a blush of red and let them ripen in my big red bowl on the front porch whilst I go get more. I'm at the end of the road with nothing but logging roads and muskegs beyond me for miles, dang hard to get all those berries picked!
LOL, but somebody has to do it right? May as well be you!!!
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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Most folks don't share their favorite berry pickin' spots. Afraid someone will strip it before they can get their share.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Homer
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Wow, thank you all for leaving so many replies! I'm getting excited about berry picking season! I'll just have to do more driving around and search for some spots! My kids love the little 'adventure'!
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