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Berry Picking

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Raspberries, blueberries, crowberries and cranberries: being on Yukon time means planning your weekends around where to pick once the – dare I say it? - latter part of summer rolls around and hints at fall. There is one berry fairly new to the... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

Cranberries are just one of many berries that you can add to regular recipes for some extra health benefits. But since we are in the midst of cranberry season, why not take advantage of these home grown berries to boost your overall health. Read more

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

“You just take a cup full of piss,” he says, “And then you throw it up high – like, splash it around on your roof, up in the trees, as high up as you can get it. Then, when the bear comes by, he'll smell it way, way up and be like 'holy crap, that... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Paul Rath

September is harvest time. Berries are juicy and ripe for picking; root crops need to be dug and stored. The shortening days are a clear indicator that it is nearly time to put the garden to bed. September also marks the return of the coho and... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

For me, the summer of 2016 has been the best berry year ever. My berry season starts with wild strawberries and they were bigger than ever this year. Wild raspberries are almost always abundant. Our famous Yukon cranberries are looking extremely... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: by Katherine Bunce

I recently discovered a great trick for keeping strawberries fresher for longer: wash them in a one part vinegar to 10-parts water solution, then leave them out to dry before storing them in the fridge. There’s no vinegar aftertaste, and your... Read more

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Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: stockpholio.net

I bought a nectarine in Juneau a couple of weeks ago. It looked large and rosy and promising. The flesh was firm and yet it gave slightly under the pressure of my fingertips and I thought, “Wow, a real nectarine.” But when I cut into the fruit,... Read more

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Kinnikinnick’s Latin name, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, comes from arctos and ursi meaning bear and staphylos and uva meaning bunch of grapes. Amazing: the taste of those little grapes! I just tried something I had never tried before, but had read... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-11-26 Photo: Rick Massie

Many people enjoy harvesting berries in preparation for the long winter months. Although I have a busy schedule as a caregiver at my family day home, Trinin Tsul Zheh (which means the home of the little children in the Gwichin language), each... Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-11-12 PHOTO: Michele Newell

Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon wildlife. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what's going on and what camera equipment you used to editor@whatsupyukon.com Read more

Living With Wildlife

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Issue: 2015-09-10 PHOTO: Miche Genest

It’s August 31 and the snow is halfway down Gray Mountain. In downtown Whitehorse the leaves are still on the trees and many of them are green. This morning I talked to my sister, who lives in Parksville but used to live here, and she said that in... Read more

Beverages

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Before I get into to the juicy details, a little dry semantics: high bush vs low bush. And I love that I live in a place where no one need make any lewd jokes. Cranberries, of course, are the subject. Growing up, I only knew of one kind, harvested... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

“What are you doing? Are you sure you can eat that??!!” We were looking for my friend’s runaway cat in Riverdale’s green belt when I stopped to eat some berries. Having skipped breakfast to join the search party, I was thankful for a snack. Read more

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Kim Melton

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! I didn’t know how much I was anticipating berry season until I saw my first ripe raspberry dripping its glowing red drupelets from a bush south of Whitehorse. And with it, I know, are coming Saskatoons, ... Read more

Wild Harvest

It always seems that for other people things happen quite easily. They have an idea and voila — there it is. I don't know; maybe it’s true for some, with some things. Read more

Yukon Outside

It's only recently that most people have forgotten how to forage for food. For thousands of years, First Nations communities across Canada lived on food provided by nature. Berries, barks, plants, flowers and herbs were cyclically harvested for food Read more

Wild Harvest

Berry picking, for me, is a sort of relaxing time in the middle of a busy season. It is often also a social time as a group of us get together to pick either blueberries, highbush cranberries or lingonberries (a.k.a. lowbush cranberries). Read more

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