At the beginning of August, the Woodsbabe, Woodsboy and I joined my in-laws at the cabin to enjoy some summer sun, boating, fishing and berry picking. We suited the Woodsboy up, who was chomping at the bit to head out.
We hopped in the boat, and Woodsbabe rowed…
…while I fished. 😀 Thanks Woodsbabe! 😉
On the other side of the lake, there were boulders in one direction:
And berries galore in the other:
We picked bilberries (vaccinium myrtillus):
And northern bilberries (vaccinium uliginosum):
We saw some cow berries (vaccinium vitis-idaea), but they’re not ripe yet:
I snapped this picture nearby. The lichen and plants kind of look like a miniature forest to me.
Upon returning to the cabin, the Woodsboy and I set up the hand-line fishing rig with a piece of a fake worm and tried our luck.
We managed to get two roach fish (rutilus rutilus) like this:
After fishing, we looked around the yard for more berries. We found rowan berries (sorbus genus) (note: these are not poisonous, but are very bitter and could bother your stomach!):
Black currants (ribes nigrum):
And white currants (ribes rubrum):
Then the Woodsboy and I headed down the dirt road to find more berries. We found a lot of raspberries (rubus idaeus):
And stone bramble (rubus saxatilis):
We also saw unripe lilly of the valley (convallaria majalis). They turn orange when ripe. DO NOT EAT THESE BERRIES, as they are poisonous!
As we walked back, I shot this field of fireweed (chamerion angustifolium). Many of the seed pods have opened and released their fluff.
This is probably the most prolific time of year for berries in Finland. The wild strawberries (fragaria vesca) are mostly long gone now, hence no pictures of them in this post. The last berries to ripen should be the cow berries and black crowberries (empetrum nigrum), which will last into the autumn.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of some of Finland’s wild and cultivated berries. 🙂
Disclaimer: Consuming wild edible plants and/or using them for medical purposes is done at your own risk. Always be 100% certain of what you are eating/doing. If unsure, contact an expert.