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Berries of the Boundary Waters

Blackberries (Rubus villosus)

Blackberries (Rubus villosus)

Varied size bush

High source of vitamin C

Berries can be eaten raw, dried, or in jellies, syrups, jams, juices, and wine.

Young stems can be eaten in salads, cooked, or dried for tea.

Bark boiled into a strong tea can be helpful for intestinal problems

Elderberry (Sambucus)

Shrub growing 5 feet and higher

One of the richest in vitamin A, calcium, thiamine, and niacin, and protein

Somewhat bitter, and not favored by most raw, but used nicely when blended with other berries in jellies, sauces, and wine.

The white blossoms are sometimes used in muffins and pancakes to add flavor and lightness.

Elderberry (Sambucus)


Currants (Ribes)

Uncommon in the BWCA, in same family as gooseberries, but do not have thorns.

Tart berries are treat for coyotes, grouse, and bear.

Good thirst quencher raw, and nice in pies, tarts, jams, jellies, sauces, and wine.



Highbush Cranberry (Mooseberry)




Upland Cranberry (Bearberry)