Thimbleberry plants are dense shrubs that grow 8 feet tall with canes a half-inch in diameter. Thimbleberries are tart to the taste and ripen to a bright red. The thimbleberry is not a true berry, but an aggregate of numerous drupelets around a central core. Thimbleberry drupelets may be carefully removed separately from the core, leaving a hollow fruit which bears a resemblance to a thimble.
Thimbleberry grows in the wild along roadsides, railroad tracks, and in forest clearings. Thimbleberry growth appears early on in clear cut and forest fire areas. Thimbleberry plants can be propagated from seeds or stem cuttings.
Thimbleberries can be eaten raw or dried. Wild thimbleberries can be made into a jam which is sometimes sold as a local delicacy.
The binomial name for thimbleberry is Rubus parviflorus. Thimbleberry is also a name sometimes used for Rubus spectabilis, commomly called Salmonberry, and Rubus occidentalis, commonly called Black Raspberry.
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