Foraging Wild Fruit: Velvet-leaved Blueberry

Photo of Velvet-leaved Blueberry

This weekend, I had the pleasure of finding Velvet-leaved Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides) growing alongside other Blueberry species in the understory of a mixed hardwood/conifer forest here in southern Maine.

Photo of Velvet-leaved Blueberry branchlet

The leaves and branchlets of this native shrub are covered in short hairs, and the tiny bud scales have pointed tips. These features can be seen with the naked eye but are worth examining with a hand lens. Tasting the fruit, I detected a slight sourness, which paired well with some of the sweeter, neighboring berries.

Photo of Velvet-leaved Blueberry handful

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