Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Description

Perennial shrub, up to 2.5 m tall, but usually 1 m or less in my experience. Five petalled white flowers … leaves …

Here's my good friend Marvin hanging out behind a thimbleberry bush ...
Here’s my good friend Marvin hanging out behind a thimbleberry bush …


Ecology

Edible Uses

Delicious berries! One of my favorites … They are high in vitamin C as well.

You can also eat the shoots when they are still young and tender — just peel them, and either eat them raw, or cook them up like you would asparagus. These too are high in Vitamin C.

The white flowers can be eat raw as well — put them on a salad to make it all nice and pretty!

A cluster of ripe, red thimbleberries, with one on the cluster that is pink and unripe
Here are some of those delicious fruits (one of my favorite summer snacks) … the pink ones are not ripe yet.

Medicinal Uses

The leaves are antiemetic, astringent, blood tonic and stomachic. An infusion is used internally in the treatment of stomach complaints, diarrhoea and dysentery, anaemia, the spitting up of blood and to treat vomiting. [[pfaf]]]

Leaf and flower of thimbleberries

Other Uses

The large, soft leaves make an excellent toilet paper. Something about the non-waxy, ridged texture grabs the poop well. And the leaves are nice and big so you don’t get poop all over your hands!

And you can make soap by boiling the bark …

Resources / Bibliography

* Plants for a Future — Rubus Parviflorus