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11 Delicious Rare Berries from Around the World

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11 Delicious Rare Berries from Around the World

As summer draws to a close in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s a perfect time to stock up on the last of the season’s berries, whether you aim to eat them all in one sitting or to freeze a few pints for the colder months. It’s also a perfect time to fantasize about some of the world’s rarer and more unusual berry species!

While some berries (like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) are common on supermarket shelves around the world, there are many other berries that, while edible, are not so well-known. If you’re lucky, you might find a few of these berry types at a local farmers’ market. However, many of them are difficult to cultivate and can only be gathered wild, while others are famed in their home territory but nowhere else.

(For the sake of this article, we’re going to use the layman’s definition of “berry”—a small roundish juicy fruit—instead of the technical botanical definition. Did you know that, botanically speaking, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are not berries—while bananas and pumpkins technically are berries? This is a great fact to mention during awkward lulls in conversation, if you want people to look askance at you.)

Read on to learn more. Have you sampled any of these uncommon fruits, or would you like to? Tell us in the comments!

 

1. Chokeberry (Aronia) — above

Chokeberries grow throughout eastern North America. They are not often eaten raw because of their mouth-drying astringency, but may be made into delicious wine, jam, syrup, or juice. They’re also very high in antioxidants.

Photo Credit: Abrahami [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

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Molly Allison-Baker

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.

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8:16PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

interesting!!! i think the crowberries, calafate berries, and saskatoon berries all look like blueberries too. the salmon berry and clowdberry intrigue me!

9:08AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

i need these. send them all to me. I do not like boring typical food.
how many grapes can one eat? raspberries are great, but I know them to well.

5:24AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Thanks for making my mouth water. I think I'll go and eat a Kiwi fruit, which I think is a real berry.

4:01AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Thankks

1:29PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

I eat aronia raw. It's amusing to think some sources consider it inedible. One can dry it and use as a tea.

3:36AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:03AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Thanks for the Share :-) Very valuable information

11:46PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Great article, thank you!

9:38PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

fascinating!

7:37PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thank you, sounds good..

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