As a child, I used to spend hours outside in our backyard tree fort, exploring in the bush or down along the lake. On a warm spring day or hot summer afternoon, there was nothing better than coming back to the house and enjoying homemade popsicles. These wild berry popsicles are a perfect treat, and fun to make with your family – and a good excuse to pick berries once the weather gets nicer.
4 cups mixed fresh or frozen berries (huckleberries, wild blueberries, wild raspberries, saskatoons, etc.)
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp lime juice
Extra berries, to place into popsicle mold
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the berries for approximately five minutes to release the juices. Depending on the berries you have chosen, you may have to gently mash them with the back side of a spoon to maximize the amount of juice you get. Add the honey and lime juice, stirring until everything is combined. Using a wire mesh strainer (and cheesecloth if using particularly seedy berries, such as saskatoons) and strain out the pulp from the juice. Depending on the variety of berries chosen, you will be left with anywhere from 3/4 to 1 cup of juice. Let juice cool to room temperature.
Once juice has cooled, pour into popsicles molds. If desired, you can add a few berries into the molds before filled with juice. Place into freezer, allow to set, and enjoy!
Note: If you find these a bit sweet, either cut the honey down or add some cold water to cut the juice a bit.
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