Wild, edible Cape Cod

Local berries to liven up your kitchen
Rose hip near the water in Wellfleet. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

The Cape and Islands have so much to offer to the people who come to our sandy shores, including superb cuisine. For most, eating in the area involves going out to a restaurant or having a cookout on their back deck. There is also the remarkable bounty of the sea and plenty of wildlife to hunt in season. However, the area also has plenty of foods that can be foraged. These lesser known joys are truly a thing of beauty (and spending a day picking berries in the woods can be quite relaxing).

Here's the first of some of the most common items that can be found on Cape Cod and the Islands:

Huckleberries are perhaps the most plentiful wild berry in the area and they are also the least well known. Look in almost any stretch of wood and one can find thick groups of huckleberry bushes. The berries are dark purple in color when ripe (they start off green, get red, and then ripen). The berries reach fruition in mid-July usually. The number of berries varies year to year because they are sensitive to the weather, so some years, there will be plenty of big, juicy berries, and other years, the bushes will yield fewer, smaller berries. These berries are wonderful for pies, puddings, muffins, or whatever else. They are a bit seedier than wild blueberries.

See the other nine and some tasty recipes at CapeCodTravel.com.


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