Wild berries

by Larry Will
(New Jersey)

Wild berries

Wild berries

I’m a devoted wilderness backpacker and during the wild berry season berries are a regular part of my backpacking meals. In a wilderness survival situation berries are an excellent source of food.





Learn to recognize a few edible wild berries. Berries are delicious fresh.

If you don’t know what berries are edible avoid white and yellow berries, as most of them are poisonous to eat. Blue and black berries are probably edible.

There is no berry, at least not in North America, that looks like a blueberry and can hurt you from one taste. Take a taste, and just spit it out if it doesn't taste right.


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by: Henna

It is true that there are so many fruits and berries that are available in the wild that can be used while you are on an expedition. But, care should be taken that you are consuming the right one and not the look alike, which can be lethal.

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snakes
by: Anonymous

FYI - snakes do not eat blueberries or any kind of fruit. They are strickly insectivores or carnivores. However, they might be eating the rodents that are eating the blueberries!

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WARNING
by: Anonymous

Just be sure to watch your back. Bears and snakes love berries also.

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other berry plant uses
by: Anonymous

If you find a blackberry or bramble plant in Spring, you can still get food.

Look for the very young shoots around the base of the plant - they will look oddly like apsaragus - cut them into 1/2 inch thick pieces (cross-section will be a star shape) and dry or candy them - delicious, tiny black stars of concentrated blackberry flavour and very good.

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Berries are useful in many ways..
by: Anonymous

If you get enough berries...dry some for later use. Just spread them out on some burdock or skunk cabbage leaves and let them dry. If you put a simple layer of saint johns wort over the top of the drying berries..it will keep the bugs off.
When your berries are dried you can add them to your teas or pound them with animal fat and dried meats and either shape them into little cakes or stuff some intestines (after cleaning the intestines out very well first of course) and let them dry for pemmican on the trail. Blueberries can also be added to wild teas for a bit of sweetness.
Berry juices mixed with honey and a tea of blackberry leaves (or even adding the dried berries to your tea) will help with colds and sore throats.

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Excellent natural emergency food supply
by: Erik

About 50% of red berries are edible. But in the colder climates almost all red berries are edible. However as a general rule unknown white, yellow or red berries shouldn't be eaten.

Berries are a good source of vitamin C and fibre and their nutritional value contributes to survival. The settlers who began to arrive on the prairies in the 1800s also depended on wild plant food such as berries for survival. Berries are an excellent natural emergency food supply.

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