Thimble Peach Preserves

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved thimble berries. They are tiny, soft fruits with crunchy seeds and big flavor. BIG! I’ve always wanted to try making jar or a pie with ’em, but never did…until my man and I went looking for mountain huckleberries this summer. After a fruitless huckle search, we came back with 4-5 C of thimble berries. And I set myself to make thimble berry jam and also thimble berry peach preserves. Here’s the recipe!



Thimble Peach Preserves

Makes: 7 jars (1 C ea)

  • 2 C thimble berries
  • 1/2 C water
  • 5 large peaches
  • 1/3-1/2 C honey (to taste)

Directions: place water and picked-over thimbles in pot. Add honey and simmer until berries are soft and have broken apart. Peel peaches and cut in half, removing pit. Slice 1 inch chunks of peach into the simmering thimbles. Stir often, simmering until peaches soften and begin to turn red. Pop into 1 C jars, leaving 1 inch head space and water bath can (for me) 20 min at altitude just over 2,000 ft.