Cranberry season is red hot right now

Take note – story published 1 year ago

While the Latvian love of mushroom-picking is well known, any canny mushroomer knows that when the mushrooms are refusing to show themselves (as has been the case during the current dry spell), it pays to keep an eye open for other sources of picking pleasure in forest and marsh.

While blueberry season is in its final death throes, cranberry season is now in full swing, as evidenced by this tweet from Latvian State Forests (LVM).

"Cranberries are already growing in the marshes! Cranberries are one of the most celebrated berries - not only as a natural source of energy and prolonger of youth, but also because they contain a lot of minerals and vitamins," said LVM.

Nor is this an empty claim. We at LSM miraculously fact-checked cranberry readiness on August 28, before the tweet above had even been made. We can confirm that in the swampy places which remain sodden even in the middle of a heatwave, cranberries are indeed ready, plentiful and delicious. Munching one in the middle of a mire with the temperature at 30 degrees Celsius delivers a curiously incongruous taste of Christmas cranberry sauce.

If you fancy hunting these boggy beauties yourself, you'll need to take a few precautions. First, check it is an area in which you are allowed to pick, not a nature protection zone, private land or a military firing range.

Some waterproof boots are recommended unless you want to walk home with inundated insoles, and you should also take precautions against ticks and other insects, including a liberal amount of bug spray. Happily, cranberries tend to thrive in only the cleanest and least polluted environments, so wherever you find them is almost guaranteed to be beautiful.   



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