Quiz #100: Wild Edibles

May in New England isn't generally thought of as a month with much ripe wild fruit, but Eastern-spicy Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) and Partridge-berry (Mitchella repens) are two subshrubs with edible, fleshy fruit that can persist from one green season to the next. The close-up photo below shows a fruit from each of these plants. Which fruit belongs to which plant?

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Answer: The fruit on the left featuring a five-parted calyx belongs to Eastern Spicy-wintergreen. The smaller fruit on the right with two circular scars belongs to Partridge-berry.

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