So, what’s a Nannyberry?
How to ID –
It is a native shrub (sometimes a small tree) that prefers moist soils and is commonly found throughout our area. Read about and view photographs on how to identify this plant. Watch a brief video about the distinguishing characteristics of this plant. Read more about Nannyberry from a sample page from one of my wildflowers guides. Read a plant guide about this species.
Read how to harvest and prepare nannyberries. Nannyberry fruit are ripe and ready for harvest now.
Enjoy your harvest –
After sampling a few ripe raw berries for the first time a few years ago, I so enjoyed their sweet and unique flavor that I was inspired to create a spread (intended for my morning toast) similar to apple butter in its texture. Thus, “Nannyberry Butter” was born! If you decide to try my recipe, let me know what you think of it. Here it is.
• 12 cups whole berries
• 2-1/4 cups water
• ground cinnamon
• ground allspice
• ground cloves
• ground nutmeg
Put berries in large pot, add water. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Put soft fruit in food mill to remove skins and large seeds. Measure fruit back into pot; about 3 cups.
Add: 1 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/8 teaspoon allspice, 3/8 ground cloves and 3/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Stir well. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Ladle into hot sterilized jars, attach covers and process in water bath for 10 minutes.
Remove and let cool for 24 hours, then store in cool, dark place.
I was then inspired to create another recipe to use my Nannyberry Butter. Read on the link immediately below to see if Nannyberry Butter Mini Pumpkin Pies are for you.
Other recipes to consider –
- from a Google Book
- Nannyberry Cake
- Nannyberry Jam and Jelly
- Nannyberry Pudding
- Nannyberry Sauce
- Wild Raisin-stuffed Squash (Substitute Nannyberry fruit)
After the ripened fruit are harvested, keep watch for Nannyberry’s fall colors…gorgeous!