I always thought it would be neat to have an “edible forest.” I was delighted to find a thriving population of native edible plants already on our property when we bought it. It’s in early June that the black raspberries and red raspberries are quickly ripening. When raspberries are getting sparse during the end of July, the blackberries begin showing up. Before you know it, it’s the end of summer and you can find one last flush of raspberries.
Because these three species are all members of the same genus (Rubus), they share some common characteristics, such as prickly stems. We have a lot of them growing wild here but it will take some work to get them producing higher yields.