Foraging Wineberries: A Delicious Invasive

| 7/8/2016 1:32:00 PM

Tags: food foraging, wineberries, berries, food preservation, Leda Meredith, New York,


Wineberries (Rubus phoenicolasius) are one of the most abundant of summer’s brambleberries. In fact, they are often listed as an invasive species. Luckily for foragers, they are also delicious

Finding and Identifying Wineberry

Look for wineberries in summer, usually just after black raspberries stop fruiting and before or at the same time as the blackberry season. They grow in full to partial sunlight or occasionally even partial shade, along roadsides, in parks, and at the edges of fields and clearings.

Wineberry canes can grow as long as 8 feet. Like other brambleberries (plants in the Rubus genus), these canes or stems arch over at their ends and can form dense thickets. Instead of the prickles (often called thorns) that blackberries and raspberries have, wineberries have hairy bristles that are the color of orangutan fur if the plant is growing in full sun, but closer to green if growing in shade.

The 3-parted leaves are toothed, and the upper surface is green but the undersides are white. The 5-petaled flowers are white and less than an inch in diameter with the many stamens characteristic of Rubus and other plants in the Rosaceae plant family. They grow in loose clusters.

Wineberries are compound fruits like raspberries, but orange-red in contrast to red raspberry's red and black raspberries dark purple. Your fingers will get sticky when you pick wineberries – consider that part of the ID.

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