In honor of berry season and the red-and-blue-themed holiday weekend, here’s a flashback to my popular Nagoonberry jam recipe. Not many people know about these tasty little buggers, but it’s time we changed that!
Happy 4th of July, eveyone!
After unexpectedly coming across some nagoon berries on a hike, my friend and I gathered as many of the Alaskan red fruits as our hands could carry. Then, it was time to come up with a homemade all-natural jam recipe!
Berry picking in Alaska is a must-do activity if you’re in the state between the end of July through September. Nagoon berries, salmon berries, raspberries, watermelon berries and blueberries can be found in the forested mountains, along hiking trails and in the mouths of bears. I had never heard of nagoon or salmon berries before coming to Alaska. Both resemble raspberries in their appearance and tartness. Nagoon berries have a deliciously permeating sweet odor.
Jam can easily be made with just sugar, water and berries. (Pectin makes it more gelatinous but isn’t necessary.) If you go that route, aim for ¾:1 sugar-berries ratio and ¼:1 water-berries ratio. Stevia can be…
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