The wineberry is in the Rubis family like the raspberry and blackberries. The wineberry is less seedy than the blackberry in my opinion, and has a sweet hint of citrus flavor. The berries ripen around mid-July here in Pennsylvania. The wineberries have hairy bristles (unlike the hard thorns on blackberries and raspberries), a sticky bright red-orange berry that is covered by a calyx, and a large leaf in the center with two smaller leaflets on each side that are a white color on the underside. This is an invasive and non-native berry in North America, and originates from Japan and eastern Asia.
If you are lucky enough to have a supply of Pawpaw fruit or know someone who does then this is a great fruit to add to your next Kombucha batch. This mango, strawberry custard-like flavored fruit is one of North America’s largest native fruits that grows in the eastern United States. In late fall the fruit ripens, and with only a short shelf life of 2-3 days, it is usually best to freeze the pulp or find a recipe to use the fruit in right away. Making Pawpaw flavored Kombucha is one of the ways I have used the pawpaw pulp to enjoy the pawpaw flavor after the pawpaw fruit season has ended.