Despite having already spent two berry seasons picking blueberries and crowberries in the mountains around Eagle River, I saw watermelonberries in the alpine for the first time today. They weren't just any watermelonberries, these were particularly plump and sweet ones. I have always thought of watermelonberries as growing in damp areas - in Kodiak they often grow in the alders. Even though I did find them on Mount Baldy last year, they were far from the alpine zone. It was just such a surprise to find them so high on a mountain were they were surrounded by blueberries, crowberries, and other shrubs.
We only picked watermelonberries to eat tonight. Mostly we were on a blueberry mission, but next time I may go for the watermelonberries instead.
|Watermelonberries, blueberries, and crowberries|