Northern Bushcraft

Bearberry

Kinnikinnick
  • berries have thick skin and a mealy taste.
  • berries can be dried for storage.
  • dried berries can be ground and cooked into a porridge.
  • dried berries can be popped when fried in grease over low flame.
  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Common bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) and Alpine bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina).
  • grows in dry open woods and gravelly or sandy soils in arctic and alpine regions.
  • warning: may cause nausea or constipation if eaten in quantity.
  • warning: prolonged use may case stomach and liver problems and should be avoided by children and pregnant or breast-feeding women.
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