This is jam made from a wild berry that grows in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It may grow in other places as well -- I'm not sure.
The berries are seedy like blackberries. They are tart, not sweet like raspberries -- however, if you pick (and eat) when they are not quite ripe, they are quite sweet.
When I was a child, my family vacationed in Eagle Harbor, Michigan (in Michigan's Upper Peninsula). We (my siblings and I) used to go berry picking (under duress) with my mother, grandmother, and great aunt. We would fill old milk cartons with the berries. As the youngest, I probably didn't fill mine, but that was the idea. One thing to note, with thimbleberries, the more berries you pick, the more they compress, so filling the milk carton is nearly impossible (wish I had a picture to share about this). Anyway, after the berries were picked, we would go back to the Harbor. My siblings and I would go out and play. My mother, grandmother, and great aunt would go to the cottage and pick through the berries and make the jam.
(image from here - berry making in 2010)
This past summer, my husband and I vacationed in Eagle Harbor with my sisters, my oldest sister's kids (minus 1), and my other sister's youngest daughter. I hoped we would pick enough thimbleberries to make jam for everyone and then some.
(image from here - me picking berries)
Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. Either there weren't enough berries or there weren't enough pickers. I'm not complaining about the pickers, really, I just would have liked to have had more jam. I ended up going to the Wood'n Spoon and buying some from Bruce so that we could have some thimbleberry jam this winter.
Anyway, that's my favorite this week. To see what others' favorites are, please stop by QIMP.