|Chopsticks (for ages up to 3 years). Yup! They're "beginner" chopsticks for people like me who just can't get the knack of it. I think it was extremely thoughtful of her seeing as she will now stand to lose one of her greatest sources of laughter.|
And my Mom and Dad made it to Nova Scotia. They came to visit on the weekend bearing gifts as well. There were Newfoundland (NL) blueberries, partridgeberries (lingonberries) and a NL delicacy --- bakeapples.
|Picking bakeapples on the marshes in Newfoundland; |
the flower and the unripe berry of the Rubus chamaemorus.
Known elsewhere as Cloudberries (the gold of the marshlands), these yellow grape-like berries grow in the bogs and wetlands of Newfoundland and are ready for picking in late July and early August. The name Bakeapple is believed to be from the French, baie qu'appelle...meaning, 'what is this berry called?' Rich in Vitamin C, they can be eaten fresh but they preserve well and have been utilized by native peoples for centuries. Suitable for Wines, Jams, and Syrups.
They're similar in shape to but a little smaller than a blackberry. They have a seed inside which needs to be "shucked", and by themselves, they're a little tart. But I think they're lovely! Besides the usual ways to use them, I add them to honeyed yogurt. And they're delicious like this: