Tuesday, July 9, 2013

It's time to pick up berries

Summer is the perfect moment to go to the forests for a relaxing walk, hiking, camping, birdwatching or barbecuing. But is it also the right moment to pick up juicy wild strawberry and blueberries. Take a basket, good shoes and explore Finnish Nature. There are so many berries growing than less than a third is picked each year. Ususally Finnish people collect a huge amount of berries. A small part is baked (pies, muffins and other delicacies), and the rest is frozen for winter use. Blueberries can look small but it doesn't mean that they are not ready. Take the berry delicately between your fingers and pull gently. If the berry resists, it means that it is not ready. As cities have many green areas, you can also pick up berries in parks. But try to avoid plants that are too close from roads. Don't put your berries in plastic bags. They will sweat and turn bad very fast, especially if it's a hot day. Have a lot of fun!

Blueberries are growing under the leaves of the plants.

Small but juicy

Let's play a game: who will have the heaviest basket at the end of the collect?

My tip: when you pick berries, take a bit of time to take only the berries, and not the leaves and branches. You will save a lot of time at home!

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