Winter Foraging 101: Foraging Wild Berries

What winter berries lack in plentitude, they make up for with the impressive quantities of vitamins and minerals they provide! 

In this Winter Foraging 101 guide, we’ll explore what kinds of wild berries to hunt for this winter.

What can I do with wild Rosehips?

Rosehips (Rosa sp.) make a delicious jelly with enough sweetness for breakfast toast, as well as wonderful tanginess that’s great with soft cheese or cold meat as well.

Rosehips on a morning after rain
Rosehips (Rosa sp.) on a cold winter morning after a fresh rain.

Forage High-Bush Cranberries This Winter

 In more northeastern areas you may be able to find bog or high-bush Cranberries (Vaccinium sp.) to collect. (Check these out from last season)

High-bush cranberries
High-bush cranberries (Vaccinium sp.) are best picked after a few hard frosts.

What do Partridge Berries look like?

Partridge berries (Mitchella repens)- sometimes called twin-berries, as they have a distinctive double-dimple on each single berry which is a result of its interesting habit of reproducing from two individually fertilized blossoms– are often thought of as a northern species as well, but they have naturalized across much of the US, so be sure to keep an eye out for their evergreen colonies of glossy groundcover when you’re out exploring!

Partridge berries and moss in the Appalachian mountains
Partridge berries and moss high up in the Appalachian mountains of NC. (Credit: BlueRidgeKitties on Flikr)

Should You Eat Bearberry Raw or Cooked?

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a native fruit with a long history of indigenous use in North America. Its range covers much of the north as well as throughout the American west, and its fruit is said to be much more flavorful cooked than when eaten raw.

Bearberries in a large patch
Bearberries in a large patch photographed at mid-day.

Check out the rest of our Winter Foraging series!

Winter Foraging 101: Intro to Foraging in Winter

The ultimate guide to gathering in the cold.

Winter Foraging 101: Foraging Wild Greens

From Chickweed to wild onions and everything in between. Get to know your cold-loving greens.

Winter Foraging 101: Foraging Wild Mushrooms

There are a lot of fungi that love the colder temperatures of winter, depending on your region.

Winter Foraging 101: Foraging Wild Treats from the Trees

Although most fruit and nut seasons are over by winter, there are a few deliciously notable exceptions.

Winter Foraging 101: Foraging Wild Roots, Shoots & Tubers

Wild greens aren’t the only thing to forage in the winter. There are lots of sources of starch and carbohydrates to be foraged as well.

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