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Berries of the Boundary Waters

wild grapes

Grapes (Vitis)

Uncommon vine growing fruit

Source for potassium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin b, and vitamin c

Loved by birds and deer, wild grapes can often be bitter, but are nice for jellies and as a mix in pies.

Spring leaves can be used to ad a light acidic flavor to cooking.

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum)  Sometimes called Mooseberry

Shrub growing 8 feet, actually related to the Elderberry, rather than to the Cranberry.

Loved by moose, deer, bear, fox, squirrels, chipmunks and many birds.

Rich in vitamin C, and wonderful in jelly.

Highbush Cranberries or Mooseberry


Thimbleberry Rubus pariflorus

Shrub berry with large maple like leaves 4-8" across.  Beautiful white blossom.

Found mid-July through late August.

Tender berries tart to sweet and make excellent jam.



Serviceberry (Sugar Plum)






Upland Cranberry