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   Jul 29

Found a Mystery Berry – Is it Edible? Here’s Great Sources with Pictures to Indentify These Mystery Berries

BerriesI love to forage from the wilds and know many of the edible berries but every once in awhile I’ll run into an interesting berry and wonder if it’s edible. Here’s some great sources, thanks to Julie Christensen at Gardening Channel, to help me properly identify them:

Types of Berries with Pictures: Where to Find

By Julie Christensen

Perhaps you’ve found some wild berries near your property and you want to identify them. Or, you tasted a delicious berry in a restaurant and you’re not sure of its identity. Fortunately, the Internet offers vast listings of berries, complete with photos.

Before you begin your search, though, it’s helpful to have a sample (or photos) of not only the berry, but the leaves and stems. Some poisonous berries, such as pokeberries, may look a lot like edible berries. The only way to know for certain is to examine not only the fruit, but the other parts of the plant as well.

When identifying berries, think about where the plant grows. Is it in full sun or partial shade? Is it growing in a dry area or moist, rich soil? All these factors are clues to identifying a specific plant. Then, visit some of the resources below to positively identify your mystery berry.

Online Sources

  • Fine Gardening: Plant Guide. From raspberries to serviceberries, Fine Gardening’s plant guide is the place to go to identify almost any plant on the planet.
  • University of Wyoming: Wild Berries and Other Wild Fruit. This article includes full-color photos of many wild fruits and berries, as well as recipes for jams, jellies and sauces.
  • Raintree Nursery: Berries. This online nursery features over 200 listings for berries. Each listing includes a full-color photo and written description.
  • Nourse: The Best Berry Plants Since 1932. Nourse carries raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, gooseberries and more.
  • Better Homes and Gardens: Plant Encyclopedia. This site offers comprehensive listings with photos for many berries, including serviceberries and other native plants.
  • How Stuff Works: Are All Wild Berries Poisonous? This site includes a few photos along with advice on identifying native berries.
  • Wild Food School: Berried…or Buried? This excellent site offers full-color photos and descriptions of numerous edible and toxic wild berries.
  • Apple App Store: Wild Berries & Herbs HD. Yes, there’s even an app for berry identification. Download this one to your iPhone and have it handy wherever you travel.

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