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LIST OF TYPES OF BERRIES FROM A TO Z

raspberries and blackberries

Juicy, sweet berries are highly perishable and are often a luxury item at the grocery store. Grow berries in your home garden instead, for a delicious summer treat that's packed with vitamins, fiber and cancer fighting antioxidants. Do the research of yours before eating any berry you are not informed about, as a few are toxic (shown in red below).

Acai berry: Acai berries have garnered attention recently as a super food full of fatty acids, proteins and antioxidants. The deep purple fruit grow in clusters in palm trees local to the Amazon jungle of South America. Learn more.

Amla / Amalika / Indian Gooseberry: Grows on small to medium sized trees indigenous to India, with peer reviewed studies about its health qualities. Sour tasting and fibrous. An important ingredient in Indian Ayurvedic medicine Often-used in powder form.

Baneberry: Small, hard red or even white berries. Toxic.

Barbados cherry: The Barbados cherry is a small tree or shrub which grows in the Caribbean and some parts of South and central America. It's not at all cold hardy, suffering damage when temperatures dip below thirty degrees F. The fruit are bright white, cherry-like and very juicy.

Barberry: Barberry shrubs are used mainly as landscape plants, particularly around foundations. Birds love the small, red fruits. They are too sour to enjoy fresh, but are palatable when cooked with sugar. Often used as dried berries.

Bearberry: Found in arctic and subarctic zones around the globe, the bearberry produces red berries enjoyed by humans and bears alike. Native folks gather the leaves of bearberry plants for use as in folk medicine said to treat rheumatoid arthritis, gout, back pain, headaches and kidney stones.

Bilberry: Like blueberries, these flavorful berries grow wild throughout northern Europe. They're highly perishable and don't transport well, but can be obtained in powder form. Europeans pick the wild berries for fresh eating, baked goods and jams.

Bittersweet: These bright orange berries grow on long trailing vines throughout New England. The berries are toxic as well as very bitter, hence the name of theirs. Use them for decorative purposes only.