Wild raisins?

Wild raisins?

This photo was  taken at the end of February on the trail that goes to St. Mary’s Falls off Gold Camp Road above Colorado Springs. The berries you see are perfectly edible still, though they tend to be a little dry this time of year. But, the nutritional value and flavor is still intact. In fact, you can collect as many of these as you can find and you can make a wonderful and very healthy tea with them.

What are they? Wild rose hips. They’re full of vitamin C, and even when they’re in this stage you can make a trail snack out of them. These are not one of my favorite wild foods to eat on the trail, but we have used them to make teas, especially if a cold settles in one of us.

Head out there and find some of these wild raisins!

-Tracy
The Colorado Springs Photographer

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