of the Boundary Waters
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) has a wonderful
variety of delicious berries. Whether looking high or low, there's
fruit to be found from strawberry plants creeping across the ground, to
thimbleberry bushes at your waist, to service berries in the trees.
The descriptions found on this site are not meant to
be an identification guide. Never eat a berry that you're unsure of. Always try one berry before tossing in a
handful. Never let children berry pick unattended.
berry picking, please be careful not to damage other flora
in the area, such as wildflowers
and baby pine trees. Also, take care of the berry plants
Don't be greedy, leave a some berries behind for
others and for the wildlife.
Please do not leave behind litter from your
picnic lunch, cigarette butts, or t.p.
Also, remember to
keep an eye out for our resident berry lovers: the black
Small ground cover berry found throughout the summer, most common
mid-June through July.
Very high in vitamin C
Berries used in jams, jellies, juices, syrups, desserts. The
berries can also be rubbed on and rinsed from teeth as a natural tartar
Leaves used in salads or dried for tea.
Entire plant can be boiled in soups and stews.
Thorned bush berry found in July/August. Same plant family as
Wild gooseberries can be eaten when red or black.
Used in pies, tarts, jams, jellies, sauces, and wine
Abundant bush berry found in July/August
High in Vitamin C
Used in jellies, jams, wine, desserts, and syrups