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Now that you have a strong foundation for gathering healthy berries, let’s look at a few foraging tips that make finding nutritious berries a cinch.

  • Don’t assume a wild berry consumed by a bird is fit for human consumption
  • Carry a wild berry guide to confirm the identification of a plant
  • Avoid foraging areas sprayed with pesticides
  • Never forage near heavy industrial areas and along roads
  • Summer and fall represent the best seasons to find ripe berries
  • Ensure the legality of foraging
  • Sign up for a state park sponsored foraging class
  • Local colleges and universities may organize foraging trips to help you learn how to identify berries and other edible plants

Above all, never eat a berry unless you are 100 percent sure it’s safe.