Monday, 2 April 2012

Day 2 of the A-Z challenge--Letter B

B is for Bakeapple

Bakeapples are beauitful  golden orange berries that are raspberry-shaped, plump, juicy, and packed with vitamin C. The bakeapple plant, a member of the rose family, prefers the acidic soil of peatland bogs, and is closely related to the raspberry, blackberry, and thimbleberry.  Bakeapples are highly prized for use in jams and tarts, and are considered to be a delicacy.  They are a prized wild crop in Newfoundland and Labrador. In Scandinavia, bakeapples are known as cloudberries.

We happen to be fortunate enough to have a small supply of these beauties in our freezer.  I make up 3-4 cup batches of jam and we savor each morsel.  Bakeapple jam is delicious as a topping for vanilla ice-cream, cheese cakes or plain yogurt.  Sometimes,as a special treat, it is nice to simply pile it on a nice slice of toast--especially when it's homemade bread from a good friend. Yummy ;o)