When I gave you the recipe for Kate’s Fry Bread, I made mention of nagoonberry jam for one topping. Some of you wanted to know what a nagoonberry was, so photo above of is this berry of kings in the wild. It is a secretive little fruit, hiding its light in the deepest, darkest recesses of the forest, usually under air cover of a hundred or so squadrons of mosquitoes. That’s per plant.
On occasion, if I’m very, very good, my Cordova cousins will send me a jar of nagoonberry jelly for Christmas. What I’d really like to do is dig up a few plants and see if I can get them to grow in Homer, but anyone with a nagoonberry patch is not only never going to tell you its location, they’d hamstring you before you even got your trowel out.
I asked my cousin Deb if she’d send me a photo of a jar for this post, and she said she was sorry but they’d eaten it all. Can’t say I really blame them.
Instead, click here to read the nagoonwiki.
Many consider it to be one of the tastiest fruits in the world: for instance in Russian its name is the “berry of kings” (княженика).