Haskaps and Thimbleberries: Our Babies’ First Foods

Tae's first meal-4

Our first child was born in March. That summer, I awaited eagerly for one of my favourite berries to ripen, so it could be his first food. Wild growing thimbleberries were just the right timing.

Well almost.

His first food ended up being dirt! He had found himself a meal from the forest floor. Later that day, perfectly undigested pieces of twig and dirt contrasted his baby poo.

A few days later, my big moment of sharing happened. I gave him a piece of thimbleberry, and observed the expression of “What on earth is this sensation!?”

Just like the dirt, later that day perfectly undigested pieces of thimbleberry moved through his system.

To this day, he still loves thimbleberries.

What I love about thimbleberries is that they can only be found freshly picked off the bush, not from the store. They are super bright in colour; rich in nutrients.

One of the special things my four year old and I do together is go on forest walks, in search of edible berries, a form of connecting to the wonders of nature.

Our second child, born in November got to enjoy haskaps as one of his first foods.

Haskap Berries

Haskaps ripen early, in May. Like thimbleberries, haskaps are vivid in colour; bright in nutrients.

One of the special things my baby and I do together is sit in the backyard and pick a baby kale leaf or haskap berry and enjoy 🙂 I pre-chew the baby kale leaf, and pop it in his mouth. Big smiles all around 🙂

Thank you forests, thank you gardens, for such exchanges of radiance.

Resource for edible berries in BC: http://northernbushcraft.com/berries/