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Picking Bakeapples, a unique experience!
One of the best things about Newfoundlanders is their friendliness, however their knowledge of the land comes in handy as well. Newfoundland is full of wild berries, ripe for the picking, if you know where to look. One of the most tasty and unique berries is the cloudberry, colloquially known as the bakeapple. This is a deliciously sweet yet slightly tart berry that can only be found in bogs around the northern most parts of the world. Usually only one berry grows per plant, so finding even one can be a rare treat. This particular bakeapple was picked in the Twillingate area at a patch discovered by my mother and myself when we were looking for icebergs, but they can be found in many other areas of the island as well. If you want to find them, best get over your shyness and ask a local where the closest patch is. They'll be more than happy to tell you, or, if they don't know, direct you to their mother's friend Susan, who makes the best bakeapple jam around the bay (you'll probably end up with a jar just by being curious about it!). The best time to look is around late July to early September. (Alternatively, if you don't want to wander around a probably muddy bog searching for a tiny plant for possibly just one berry, you can go to a local liquor store, market or tourist shop and buy some local bakeapple jam, bread, or even delicious wine! But really, where's the fun in that?)
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