Early hikers look for the small bright yellow to red-colored fruits to tickle the tastebuds. The darker the color, the sweeter the fruit which can be eaten raw, made into pies, or added to fish dishes. The red blossoms are attractive but sparse on a plant which is best used in naturalizing as it spreads with underground runners. There is a double-flowered form that resembles a rose blossom available in the trade.
be sure to check out the related Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) close to the pond.