While traveling past one of the Harry & David pear orchards a week or so back, the family noticed a bunch of red berries on a plant growing along the roadside. After stopping to look, it was obvious that it was a clump of mature asparagus ferns that were covered in ripe red berries. A few of the ferns were collected and taken down to the park where the homeschool meet-up was scheduled. Some of the berries were shared with other families and the rest was taken home to finish the harvesting process.
Here are a couple of photos showing the collection of berries and the individual seeds inside a berry:
The seed will be saved for planting next spring. Some will be planted in individual pots or flats and the rest will be planted via seed balls (coated in mud before being scattered around the homesite and creeks).