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Foraging for berries in Michigan, Minnesota and beyond


November 12, 2019

SCS MORA • U.S. National Park Service

Immature thimbleberry in Mount Rainier National Park.

Berries foraged in the forests that we pass on the road to somewhere yield a taste of wild places.

Their names are playful: squashberries, wild beach plums, mayhaw, snowberries and the dreamily named cloudberry. Wild berries often have as many aliases as a career criminal, such as mooseberry and chuckleyplum. And they hide out, remaining at large, with their locations guarded as zealously as online passwords by locals who apprehend them for making jams, jellies and syrups.


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