How to Find Wild Raspberries

How to Find Wild Raspberries
Edible, delicious wild raspberries are a satisfying hiking treat. Raspberries are a healthy, full-flavored snack that provide essential carbohydrate and natural sugar energy. Additionally, raspberries are high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Hiking enthusiasts should learn how to forage for berries as a wildlife survival skill.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Buy a credible identification guide. Though wild raspberries are generally easy to identify, an accurate identification guide-- such as "A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants"--will prove a worthwhile hiking companion and prevent the consumption of poisonous berries.
Step 2
Plan a seasonal hike. Wild raspberries can grow across all of North America and are generally in full complement during the summertime. Hiking in May or June will increase the opportunity to discover wild raspberries. However, some berries can fruit in spring or autumn.
Step 3
Learn areas of plentiful wild raspberry growth. Hike near water (such as streams and lakes) and examine bushes and low-level fruit trees. Raspberries grow best in full sun. Seek out bushes that have shaded, moist roots but flowering branches that extend toward sunlight. Be cautious while lifting leaves and shifting berries, as berry thickets are thorny and can scratch skin.
Step 4
Recognize wild raspberry characteristics. Wild raspberries are often not the same bright red color commonly seen in supermarkets; Other hues can include purple, yellow and black. Each variation differs in robust flavor and boldness, and wild raspberries can be smaller than store-bought varieties. Black raspberries grow on plants that have purple canes in the springtime, are seedier and smaller in size and can be found on hilltop bushes. Other varieties grow in plentiful clusters on the plant and can be spotted on bushes that have small, protective thorns around the raspberry fruit.
Step 5
Identify an indisputable wild raspberry. If able, hike with an experienced wild-raspberry picker until identification skills are honed. Obtain a berry, compare it to your field identification book and only eat the wild raspberry when absolutely certain it is edible. When picking wild raspberries, remember that unripe fruit will cling more tightly to its stem. Check back in a few days to ensure ripeness and best flavor. Bring a protective container for transporting picked berries. Additionally, consider freezing berries upon home arrival.
Step 6
Cultivate your own wild raspberries. If you experience difficulty in discovering wild raspberries in your region (or desire to eat them more frequently), consider planting raspberry bushes in your back yard. Enjoy an annual harvest of delicious raspberries by eating them raw, trying new recipes or baking them in pies.

Tips & Warnings

 
Avoid hiking in raspberry-populated areas that may have been treated with chemicals (such as herbicide). Exert caution when picking wild raspberries, as the fruit is delicate (and the plant has thorns). Rinse wild raspberries with fresh water before eating. When in doubt, don't eat anything found in the wild.
 
Avoid hiking in raspberry-populated areas that may have been treated with chemicals (such as herbicide).
 
Exert caution when picking wild raspberries, as the fruit is delicate (and the plant has thorns).
 
Rinse wild raspberries with fresh water before eating.
 
When in doubt, don't eat anything found in the wild.

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