For many, summertime means berry time. The refreshing flavors and juicy sweetness of fresh berries are simply irresistible on a warm summer’s day. In Carinthia, there are lots of places to pick your own berries as well as wild berries growing in the forest. The rumor is that the Carinthian sunshine makes the berries grown here tastier than anywhere else in Austria (or at least I think so!).
What could be better than spending time outdoors with a basket full of berries? Pick-your-own berry farms are a great destination for the whole family. So bring your basket and a sunhat for a fun day of berry picking. Berry picking season begins in June and continues through early Autumn depending on the berry crop.
While enjoying a summer walk in the forest or Alpine pastures of Austria chances are you may find some wild berries. There are many tasty wild berries for you to enjoy, but there are some things you should know before you eat them.
Legal Regulations: In Austria, you can collect wild berries as long as it is permitted by the property owner. Check to make sure that the gathering of berries and mushrooms is permitted first (this typically done with a sign). If everything is okay, you are permitted to collect up to 2 kg of berries/mushrooms for personal use free of charge.
Tapeworm: Although uncommon, it is possible for wild berries to be infected with fox tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis). So before you eat your wild berries, be sure to thoroughly wash or boil the berries before eating.
With so much talk about berries, we’re sure you are eager to go and pick some yourself. After a successful berry picking, why not prepare a traditional Austrian dish of Kaiserschmarren with fresh berries? Wishing you a fun and delicious summer!
Chelsea Navarro is an American expat from California, USA.
She has lived in Villach with her partner and dog since February, 2016. She enjoys exploring the Austrian wilderness, drinking Villacher beer and traveling around Europe.