Foraging Wild Fruit: Highbush Blueberry

Photo of Highbush Blueberry

The only wild berries that I remember picking as a child were the Highbush Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) that grew in the woods behind my home. For a few consecutive summers, my family and I braved the buggy trails to the wooded swamp where these juicy treats adorned bushes taller than me. I remember eating most of my haul before getting back home. Luckily my parents had more restraint, and there was always enough for a batch of blueberry muffins or pancakes the following morning.

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I'm not sure why the tradition ended. Maybe one year the bushes didn't fruit, maybe the mosquitoes were just too fierce, or maybe we got busy with other summer activities and simply forgot to go foraging. What I am sure of is that, some twenty years later, I've reconnected with the joy of my youth, and now every year I venture out to my own special places where these and many other types of wild berries grow. In doing so, I engage in an ancient practice of gathering delicious foods off the wild landscape.

Photo of Highbush Blueberry handful

If you'd like to add some wild foods into your life but you don't know where to start, I may be able to help. Together we can craft a custom workshop to introduce you to some wild edible plants who live near you.

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