Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Buffalo Berries...

These little devils are like rubies to me.  They are buffalo berries.  Hard to find, hard to pick, and easy to ruin.   I have so many stories related to these tiny little berries.  Once you have had them you are hooked.
The most important thing to note about the buffalo berry it the hidden thorn that protects the berry cluster.  I learned to knock on doors with my left hand because for years I had a buffalo berry thorn in my right knuckle.  When you are picking your fingers become covered with this sticky black substance, but it works in your favor because it stops the bleeding from the thorns.  This isn't work for the faint of heart.

I am lucky to have a friend who has tons of buffalo berry bushes.  She allows me to pick until my heart is content.  This year I picked two milk pails full.   I apologize for no photos.  I get so excited when go picking that I forget everything except milk pails.

Right now 3 lbs of berries are fermenting.  Hopefully, I won't ruin the "Tantalizing Tatanka" this time.  I cannot wait to use the pulp to make jelly.  Historically, I ruin more buffalo berry creations then I am successful.   I added too much sugar to the wine last year. I did save it in the end by making some killer jelly out of the leftover pulp.  I'm not always so lucky. I've made buffalo berry candy instead of jam.  I am the queen of re-boiling buffalo berry jelly, because it didn't set.  I think it is because I so love buffalo berries that I am so apt to mess them up.  I have 3 bags this year (about 11lbs) so there is hope that something turns out.  

That is my little lesson on buffalo berries.  I would like to know if you have buffalo berries.  If so do you have any recipes? 


19 comments:

  1. No buffalo berries, but I've tried the jelly and it's so good. I tried to plant some BB trees here, but they didn't take. Is the Tantalizing Tatanka buffalo berry wine? Sounds really good.

    I have chokecherry bushes here and love me some CC syrup. I think CC wine would be terrific. I think there is a Prairie Berry Wine that has chokecherries that is quite good. I wonder if they have a buffalo berry wine? I especially like the Lawrence Elk (black current wine).

    I look forward to hearing about your creations.

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  2. P.S.
    We did get the lightning storm but with good rain. So thankful we didn't have more fires with it. The rain really freshened up the pastures for us.

    Another P.S....I always tend to have to reboil my jellies. I don't want them to be super stiff, but like you, sometimes it ends up as sticky gooey candy-like stuff that ends up with the chickens.

    Jody

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  3. Never tried them, they sound very interesting.I would enjoy sipping a bit of the wine, I used to make a lot.

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  4. I don't have any buffalo berries, in fact, I've never heard of them. They're a very pretty bright red. I hope you are successful this year with whatever you decide to make with them.

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  5. I've never heard of this type of berries before. Do they taste as good as they look?

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  6. I've never heard of buffalo berries, but they sound intriguing! Enjoy!

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  7. Wow I have never heard of Buffalo berries now I am intrigued. I will have to look for them.
    You are very clever.
    Good luck. B

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  8. Gosh,you know the only time I have ever heard of these berries is from reading your blog. I'd love to sample that wine, at least the best batch.

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  9. I have never heard of buffalo berries. I found your post interesting and I wish you good luck as you make your wines and jellies!

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  10. I have never heard of these berries before. Are they only found in your climate?

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  11. I have never even heard of them. What interesting berries. So what do they taste like? Can you eat them like other berries? Do you have to cook them?
    So they grow in the wild, are they cultivated? What does the bush look like?
    Gosh, you have me intrigued now.

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  12. I have never heard of Buffalo Berries, but they look like currants that we grew in Wisconsin when I was a child.

    Also wanted to let you know about tomatoes. You could try Banana Long Legs. I have grown this one and it is very prolific. Always look for Determinate plants, they are generally much smaller and compact than the Indeterminate plants, which vine.

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  13. That is awesome! I have never heard of buffalo berries! I wonder if they grown around here in PA? I will look them up on the internet. So how did you learn about these? Can you eat them raw or do you have to cook? Very interesting!

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  14. you are such a dedicated farmer, i would love to spend a few weeks with you so you could teach me all that you know!! i have never heard of buffalo berries!!

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  15. This is the first time I have seen these berries. The colour is so beautiful!

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  16. Those buffalo berries look a like like currants. What do they taste like?

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  17. I have never heard of these, what an amazing berry. Thorny, and prickly, but it must be worth the effort.

    What's the wine taste like?

    The boxes on my blog, they are for the strawberry pickers, they use them for picking the berries. My Dad made them, don't you love them? I've told them if they ever have any extra put one aside for me.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  18. I've never heard of these berries- are they wild?

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  19. I've never heard of buffalo berries, they sure are pretty!

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