The Thimbleberry is a red raspberry, native to Michigan and other eastern states. The fruits are the size of a thimble, hence the name. The deep red berries have a distinct raspberry aroma, which is typical of the wild raspberry. The juicy fruits are high in acidity with a hint of sweetness. The berries can be eaten fresh from the plant, or fruits can be prepared to make a delicious marmalade, great for a jelly sandwich or a garnish for meats. The fruits are harvested in late July and ripen over a short time, usually within five days of the harvest, will be completed. Plants grow to a height of five to six feet. In the early spring, white flowers 1 to 2 inches diameter appear on the second year canes, and foliage is large and is reminiscent of a large maple leaf. Hardiness Zones 4-8.