Went out with a small group of friends today to take advantage of the absolute abundance of wild berries that grow here in St. John’s (and all across Newfoundland). There are blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, lingonberries (or partridgeberries), bakeapple (or cloudberries), and I’m sure I’ve missed some others as well. We didn’t even have to leave the city to go berry picking.
Just off the path around Quidi Vidi Lake we stomped through some brush and found a myriad of ripe wild raspberries, plenty for all 5 of us to walk away with small containers full of delicious, tart berries! I’ve also seen hoards of blueberry and lingonberry plants growing all along the East Coast Trail on our different hikes. But finding a cranberry bog is much more difficult. I know a couple folks who have secret spots and I swear they’re sacred. These folks are not willing to share their secret with anyone lest others descend upon the same spot like locusts. It’s like a right of passage, something passed down through the generations and only upon someone’s death bed. Ok, maybe not quite that bad, but pretty darn close!