Local Chef Uses Naturally Found Maryland Serviceberries In Recipes

Just behind Johns Hopkins University by San Martin Drive, you'll find Deb Howard, from the Baltimore Orchard Project, foraging for food.

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- Well it might not be something you've tried before here in Baltimore-- foraging for food.

- But Annie Rose Ramos shows us what's ripe for the taking right here in our city. Take a look.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Just behind Johns Hopkins University by St. Martin Drive, you'll find Deb Howard foraging for food.

DEB HOWARD: I'm picking serviceberries, which are actually native to Maryland. And they're throughout Baltimore.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Today's find? Serviceberries.

DEB HOWARD: They taste like a combination of blueberries, raspberries, and almonds.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: They're really good.

DEB HOWARD: They are really good, aren't they?

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Her picking is part of the Orchard Project's Mulberry Madness to spread the word about the nutritious food that can be found in our city.

DEB HOWARD: So this doesn't go to waste.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: And more berries are around this year, uneaten by birds thanks to the cicadas.

DEB HOWARD: Cicadas have made the birds satisfied. They've been eating that easy protein, and so there's been so many berries.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Deb taking her harvest to Gertrude's Restaurant--

JOHN SHIELDS: You've been picking.

DEB HOWARD: I have been picking.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: --where the kitchen rolls those sweet red berries into their recipes.

JOHN SHIELDS: This is stuff that grows right here. It's part of their everyday life, and now it's on their plate.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: Whipping up this omelet with brie and serviceberries.

JOHN SHIELDS: So it's just really, really exciting that we have this source of food that we've ignored for so long that is so delicious.

ANNIE ROSE RAMOS: So good. Now, to learn more about Baltimore berry picking and for some recipes, head to our website, wjz.com. Reporting from Gertrude's, I'm Annie Rose Ramos for WJZ.