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Pincherry syrup made from wild syrup

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pincherry fruits

Wild pincherry syrup recipe

Wild fruits from Minnesota's fields and woods can make very good syrups. Extraction of juice from the fruit is the first step in the preparation of fruit syrup.

Steps for extracting juice

  • Using ripe pincherries, wash in cool running water.
  • Place in a stainless steel or enamel kettle.
  • Add 1/2 cup water per pound of pincherries.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Cool and strain through cheesecloth or a damp jelly bag.
  • A pound of pincherries will yield l to 1-1/3 cups of juice.

When extracting juice from pincherries DO NOT crush the seeds. These seeds contain a cyanide-forming compound which can cause illness or death if eaten in large amounts.


  • 2 cups wild pincherry juice
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 3 cups sugar


  1. Combine ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn down heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into hot, sterilized half-pint or pint canning jars. Seal with two-piece canning lids.
  4. Process in a boiling water bath. The time in the boiling water bath varies by elevation. For Minnesota, it is 5 minutes for half or quarter pints and 10 minutes for pint jars.

Isabel D. Wolf and William Schafer

Reviewed in 2018

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