About this tutorial
What is a wild berry?
Wild berries are any type of fruit or berry found growing in an uncultivated or undomesticated state. While many are truly wild, some, especially fruit trees, may have been planted long ago – especially those found growing long our hedgerows. But, while the term wild berry might imply yummy edible juiciness, not all wild berries are edible. In fact, many are very poisonous. So, it is important never to eat or taste any wild berry unless you are certain of its identity and sure it is safe to eat.
Where do wild berries grow?
Anywhere shrubs and trees and plants grow, you can find wild fruits growing: Along cliffs and coast lines; high up on the slopes of moors and mountains; down amongst the bogs and swamps; beside lakes and riverbanks; in fields and meadows; scattered amongst our forests and hedgerows; and hidden in wastelands and thickets.
What are our most common hedgerow berries?
One of the best places to start looking for wild fruits and berries are the hedgerows bordering our roads and country lanes. And, if you take a stroll and keep your eyes open in late summer and autumn, you are sure to see all sorts of wild fruit adorning the twigs and branches.
The hedgerow berries you are most likely to see, are: bramble, blackthorn, black bryony, crab apples, elderberries, guelder rose, hawthorn, holly, honeysuckle, ivy, lords and ladies, rosehips, rowan, sloe, wild cherries and wild plums. Here are what some of them look like. (To see more of our common berries, check out our tree fruit field guide.)
Which wild berries are edible?
Before we explore these, remember, never attempt to eat or taste any wild berry unless you are absolutely certain of its identity and know it is safe to eat. With that said, here are a few of our most common edible wild fruits: bilberries, blueberries, bramble (wild blackberries), elderberries, hawthorn, raspberries, rosehips, rowan and sloe (blackthorn).
Which berries are poisnous?
Once again, remember, never eat or taste any berry, unless you are absolutely sure of its identity and the fact that it is safe to eat. We have many berries – not just those listed above, and many of them are poisonous. But, some of our most commonly found poisonous berries, are: bittersweet (woody nightshade), black bryony, deadly nightshade, holly, honeysuckle, ivy, lords and ladies (cuckoo pint), spindle and yew.
Well, there we go! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a better idea now, about some of our most common wild hedgerow berries. To be notified about new nature walk tutorials, you can join the Nook below x