Ericaceae Arctostaphylos alpina (L.) Spreng.

Alpine Bearberry

Alaska Native - Food, Fruit

Use documented by:
Heller, Christine A., 1953, Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska, University of Alaska, page 77

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Scientific name: Arctostaphylos alpina (L.) Spreng.
USDA symbol: ARAL2 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Alpine Bearberry
Family: Ericaceae
Family (APG): Ericaceae
Native American Tribe: Alaska Native
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Fruit
Notes: Berries used for food. Berry was juicy but rather insipid in flavor. Not usually available in large quantities. Picked in poor berry years and mixed with blueberries. Flavor was much improved with cooking.

RECRD: 6932 id: 4328