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Berries of the Boundary Waters

Upland Cranberry, Arctostaphyllos, Bearberry

Upland Cranberry (Arctostaphylos), also sometimes called Kinnikinnic or Bearberry.

Prostrate shrub, 2-8" tall

Berries best simmered with other berries

Leaves have been used for centuries as a tobacco substitute.  Leaves can also be dried and steeped as an astringent tea said to cleanse the kidneys

Serviceberry (Amelanchier), also known as Juneberry, Saskatoon, Sugar Plum, and Currant Tree

Tall shrub/small tree, member of the rose family.

Very sweet, and edible raw.  Cooking the berries brings out an almond flavor and is nice in muffins, pies, pancakes, jams, jellies, and wines.  Used dried in pemmican by the Indians.

Service Berry, June Berry, Sugar Plum

dewberry

Dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)

Very small plant (>6") with single berry stalk rising from the center.

Rare delicacy found in the BWCA, with berry rich in flavor.

Best savored on its own freshly picked

 

Elderberry

Blueberry

Highbush Cranberry (Mooseberry)

Raspberry

Currant

Blackberry

Grape

Strawberry

Gooseberry

Thimbleberry