Salmonberries are raspberry shaped fruit. Their colour ranges from pale yellow to deep orange. It is found across much of the Pacific Northwest. Depending upon the maturity of the fruit, the berries can be slightly bitter to sweet and these are often snacked upon by passing hikers.

These are used to make passable jam and preserves if enough are collected but these are usually not found for sale unless at small farm stands and markets. These berries are sometimes confused with cloudberries.

These grow on bushes of up to six feet tall with broad, fuzzy leaves and thorns. The thorns can be soft and yielding or firmer, posing a threat to clothing and unprotected body parts. Salmonberries carry small pink flower which when matures turns into fruit. They usually mature between June and August. This plant will usually be found along streams and in moist forests, it will prefer damp soil and partial sunlight.

Many of the salmonberries which are available come in orange variety and are quite tasty. The dark reddish berry is not as tasty as is orange one. Salmonberries are the rich source of Vitamin C, due to this they are slightly tart and dry flavour. Large numbers of antioxidants are contained in it. It is usually served with a variety of other wine fruits.

Scientific Classification

Following is the scientific classification of salmonberry

  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • Division – Magnoliophyta
  • Class – Magnoliopsida
  • Order – Rosales
  • Family – Rosaceae
  • Genus – Rubus
  • Species – R. spectabilis
  • Binomial name – Rubus spectabilis

Nutritional Facts

Following are the nutritional facts of 1 ounce of salmonberries

  • Calories – 13
  • Sodium – 4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate – 3 g
  • Dietary Fibre – 1 g
  • Sugars – 1 g
  • Vitamin A – 3%
  • Vitamin C – 4%
  • Iron – 1%
  • Calcium – 0%

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