Oregon grapes?

Asked August 12, 2019, 5:27 PM EDT

Are these oregon grapes? And are thry edible? Can I make jam?

Washington County Oregon

2 Responses

Yes it looks like Oregon Grape and you can make jams and jellies from them. They are not very tasty raw. You can follow a blue berry jam recipe using commercial pectin or here is a recipe for jelly.

Oregon Grape Jelly Select firm ripe Oregon grapes. Wash, leaving on stems. Place in large preserving kettle, covering with water. Boil 10 minutes, then mash and boil 5 minutes longer. Drain through jelly bag. Measure juice into large preserving kettle and boil 10 minutes. Add ¾ as much sugar as juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil rapidly until it sheets from a spoon. Remove from heat, skim at once, and pour into hot, sterilized jars.Leave ¼” headspace.Adjust lids and process 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.After processing, take canner off heat. Remove lid. Wait 5 minutes before removing jars.

If you have other questions you can call the OSU food Preservation Hotline that is now open M-F 9 am -4 pm. Certified Master Food Preservers are available to answer your questions.

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Nellie Oehler

Oops I forgot to give you the hotline number. It is 1-800-354-7319. Good Luck