List of Edible Wild Berries

It can be confusing to discern edible wild berries from poisonous wild berries when you're out in the woods. Sometimes that knowledge can be life-saving. Here's a list of edible wild berries.

Raspberries, blackberries: Raspberries come in different colors, including red, black, orange and yellow. Both raspberries and blackberries have leaves of three and thorns on their plants. Raspberries are hollow inside.

Blueberries: Can be found in sunny meadows. Their fruit are round and dark blue to black.

Bearberry: An evergreen shrub with white flowers and red berries.

Cranberries: Small red berries that grow along the ground on stems.

Hackberries: Small and orange-yellow, hackberries can be eaten when they are ripe enough to fall from the tree.

Strawberries: Red with three leaves, only strawberries with white flowers are edible. Other similar-looking berries are poisonous.

Grapes: One of the few vine fruit that are relatively easy to identify, grapes grow up into trees, have tendrils on their stems and serrated leaves. They may be dark blue or red. Don't confuse these with Canada moonseed, which has round, smooth-edged leaves and is poisonous.

Wild Rose: Also known as rosehips, these berries are red and oval. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Sea Buckthorn: Orange yellow berries that may be in season throughout the winter. As their name suggests, sea buckthorn can be found along the coast.

Thimbleberries: Also known as salmonberries, thimbleberries are shaped like thimbles. Their plant has white flowers and large green leaves. Sometimes the leaves are made into tea.

Gooseberries: gooseberries are often used in fruit pies and come in many colors: pink, red (ranging in shades to almost black), green, white and yellow. Their flowers are green.

Mulberries: Mulberries come in various colors including white, red and black. Mulberries are hardy plants and can survive in very cold temperatures. 

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