Wineberry Recipes Collection – Learn about these tart, delicious, red, foraged berries found in NJ & PA, Wineberries (Japanese Raspberry), when they are in season (late June-July) and recipes that you can use them in!
Wineberry Recipes Collection
Hi Everyone, Wineberry season is here! These tart-sweet berries can be used just like raspberries in recipes or just eaten raw. They are great in drinks both non-alcoholic and with alcohol.
I have included some photos of the wineberries right in our yard.
What are Wineberries?
Wineberries, also known as Japanese Raspberry, are actually considered an invasive plant that grows in the mid-Atlantic area, and in our case, in central NJ, Delaware Valley and PA areas.
Here in NJ, Wineberries grow in the wild, so they are a foraged berry and we have several Wineberry bushes in our yard. The stems are thorny, so you have to be careful when you are picking.
Here is a description of Wineberries from Wikipedia:
Rubus phoenicolasius is an Asian species of raspberry in the rose family, native to China, Japan, and Korea. The species was introduced to Europe and North America as an ornamental plant and for its potential in breeding hybrid raspberries. Did you know: Wineberries can be found in many habitats, such as forest, fields, stream banks, and wetland edges, as well as open woods.
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You can buy Wineberry plants and grow them but I would suggest, buying a native plant instead. There are so many invasive species, why add to it? This post is mainly geared to people who live in the areas that they grow, have them in their yards and want to make use of their delicious berries.
Disclaimer: Before ingesting Wineberries or any foraged plant or berry, get a positive identification of exactly what the plant species is. Forage at your own risk!
If you want to know more about plant identification for Wineberries and other wild edibles, for the NJ and PA area, check out this website I found: The Wild Edibles Lady
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Also, having a physical book or field guide is helpful, in addition to the internet! I purchased the following book below about foraging in the Northeast United States.
You can also take in-person workshops and classes on the subject of foraging, classes are offered at The Farm Cooking School where I work and through Locust Light Farm which is also at the same location.
When is Wineberry Season?
Wineberry season is late June to early to mid-July. It’s late June right now and they are just starting to look like they will be ready soon. The season is short and only lasts a few weeks. Fourth of July would be the largest holiday during Wineberry season for the Northeast, United States.
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When I pick them, I pick them as they ripen and when I have enough, then I can use them in a recipe. Depending on the amount that you have in your yard, you might need to pick them over time. You can also freeze them, just as you would any other berry for use at a later date.
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What Kinds of Recipes Can You Use Wineberries For?
You can use them in any recipe that you would have a raspberry or other berry. If you are pairing them with another berry, I would suggest that you pair them with a less tart berry, like a blueberry or strawberry.
You can also just enjoy them raw after being picked and washed. They would go well over ice cream, in drinks, as a jam, sauce or as a topping on another dessert as well.
There are so many Wineberry recipes that I can think of, here are some ideas off the top of my head below:
- Wineberry Ice Cream, Wineberry Sorbet
- Wineberry Tart
- Wineberry Cake
- Wineberry Cupcakes
- Wineberry Galette
- Wineberry Pie
- Wineberry Jam, Jelly, Compote, Sauce
- Wineberry Cocktail/Mocktail
- Wineberry Crumble
- Wineberry Crisp
- Wineberry Bars
- Fermented Wineberries
- Dehydrated Wineberries
- Wineberry Parfait
- Wineberry Lemonade
- Frozen/Frosted Wineberry Drink
- Wineberry Sangria
- Wineberry Wine
I included some Wineberry recipes from other websites below, as I start to add them to the blog, I will add those to the list. Thank you for reading and following along!
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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Wineberries
This Flourless Chocolate Cake with Wineberries has rich, chocolate ganache. It is topped with fresh, local, foraged Wineberries (Japanese Raspberry); if you don’t have Wineberries on hand, you can substitute the same amount regular raspberries or your favorite seasonal berry or fruit! gluten-free and vegetarian
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Wild Wineberry & Lemon Balm Sorbet Recipe on Food52
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