Wineberries (Rubus phoenicolasus) are plants native to eastern Asia. The were brought to North America in the 1890s as an ornamental shrub and as breeding stock for hybrid raspberries. Since then, they escaped cultivation and are now considered invasive owing to their dense thickets, which can displace native species.

 

On first aquiring the Farm, we discovered small numbesr of wineberry canes growing at the edges of our wooded perimeter. Simultaneously, we also uncovered aggressive vines choking the life out of several magnificent evergreens and hardwoods. After we had engaged in a painstaking effort to eradicate these monsters through hewing them down one-by-one, clearings in the forest canopy begn to open up, permitting rays of sun to strike the forest floor. Through the energy of the sun,  the wineberries took off.

 

So far, the myriad wineberries seem to be less pernicious than the aggressive vines; and so by contrast, we don't terribly mind having more of them around. Saplings are now gaining a foothold, replacing trees lost to the vines; and the wineberries now supply the farm's wildlife and us with lots of delectable summer berries, deep red when ripened, similar to raspberries but with more tartness and juice.

 

Wineberry Jam 5 oz.

$6.00Price
  • Made by a cottage food business that is not subject to Maryland's food safety reulations.

    At Scravel Creek Farm, we follow all USDA guidelines as presented in its Complete Guide to Home Canning.