Regional and Unusual Fruits

The list is growing! Here are a couple of new entries to the regional, unusual fruit list I am putting together (thanks to DebinMT on my Forum):



Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry) is a species of Rubus native to the west coast of North America from west central Alaska to California.

It is a shrub growing to 1–4 m tall, with perennial, not biennial woody stems (unlike other species). The leaves are trifoliate, 7–22 cm long, the terminal leaflet larger than the two side leaflets. The leaf margins are toothed. The flowers are 2–3 cm diameter, with five purple petals; they are produced from early spring to early summer. The fruit matures in late summer to early autumn, and resembles a large yellow to orange-red raspberry 1.5–2 cm long with many drupelets.[1][2]

In the Pacific Northwest of North America the berries can ripen from mid-June to late-July.

Salmonberries are found in moist forests and stream margins, especially in the coastal forests. They often form large thickets, and thrive in the open spaces under stands of Red Alder (Alnus rubra).

In Kodiak, Alaska, orange salmonberries are often referred to as “Russian berries”.[citation needed] Because the berries are found in abundance there and look a lot like raspberries, one of the islands in the Kodiak archipelago is named Raspberry Island (Alaska). Plain salmonberries are found as far north as Kivalina, Alaska.[citation needed]
Huckleberry (evergreen, deciduous)


While various Gaylussacia species, such as Vaccinium parvifolium, the Red Huckleberry, are always called huckleberries, other Vaccinium species may be called blueberries or huckleberries depending upon local custom, as in parts of Appalachia.

The fruit of the various species of plant only called huckleberries is generally edible and tasty. The berries are small and round, 5-10 mm in diameter and look like blueberries. Berries range in color according to species from bright red, through dark purple, and into the blues. In taste the berries range from tart to sweet, with a flavor similar to that of a blueberry, especially in blue- and purple-colored varieties. However, many kinds of huckleberries have a noticeable, distinct taste different from blueberries, and some have noticeably larger seeds. Huckleberries are enjoyed by many animals, including bears, birds, and also by humans.

The ‘garden huckleberry’ (Solanum melanocerasum) is not considered to be a true huckleberry but is instead a member of the nightshade family.

Other regional fruit:

Hog plums
Prickly Pear fruit (tunas)
Staghorn Sumac berries
Service Berry (June Berry, Sugar Pear)

Keep them coming folks.

Take Care

About dheila62

Manager at Mehu-Liisa Products, importer of the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer from Finland.
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