Published on November 14th, 2013 | by Mr. Outdoor Snippets
7 Edible and Non-Edible Berries
Should you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness and are looking for food, it’s important to already have a working knowledge of what you can and cannot consume. The bottom line with emergency meals is if you aren’t sure, do not eat it! After all, it’s always better to be a little hungry than to make yourself crazy-sick if not poisoned. Research edible foods, such as berries, but be sure you know the difference between what is food and what is totally toxic:
Berries from the Rose family are edible and quite yummy. These include berries you are probably already familiar with, such as wild strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, as well as chokecherries, salmonberries, thimbleberries, wild roses and hawthorns. Wild roses, for example, are red berries that are oval in shape. Some varieties feature sepal “beards” on their ends. These berries are extremely high in vitamin C.
Hawthorns are another red berry that feature large “stones” in their middles surrounded by “creamy white” flesh. Known for being sweet with a “nasty” aftertaste, hawthorn berries are considered harder to digest than other members of the rose family.