Wild Berries of Alaska ~ Edible Plants (series)

wild berries of alaska
Crowberry. photo credit: fountainhead hotels

Wild berries of Alaska include 50 species of the fruit. During my recent summer vacation in the state I was delighted by, well, the abundance of berries that flourish in the wild.

For centuries, native Alaskans have feasted on and preserved wild berries for later use. Most berries are loaded with nutrients, called antioxidants. While some of the fruits contain higher amounts of antioxidants, the 3 keys types of antioxidant vitamins found in berries are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. When grown on non-organic farms or domestically, these fruits are often fed toxic chemicals to boasts their growth rate or they are bathe in insecticides and pesticides. Wild berries of Alaska are completely free of these treatments since the plants allowed to flourish without much human interference.

It must be noted also that there are some plants in the wild of Alaska that are poisonous. I suggest that if you are not familiar with the different plants hereto go with a local guide or do a complete and through research.

I am glad that we have gotten that crucial point out of the way.

Berrysalmon Alaska
Berrysalmon. photo credit: ghosts of rubyridge

Bear also love wild berries of Alaska. And it is common them see them plucking the fruits of the trees along the trails.
Kenai Peninsula is ground zero for wild berries of Alaska. It is said that those berries deepest in the wood and further away from roads and paths. This is because those fruits will be less exposed to any potential pollutants.

The best know wild berries of Alaska in Blueberry, Salmonberry, Watermelon Berry, Crowberry, Cloudberry, Nagoonberry, Northern Red Currant, High bush cranberry, Low bush cranberry, and True cranberry.

Addition to the exhilaration of picking of tracing and picking the berries, you will be exploring (or hiking) one of Alaska’s beautiful, rugged and rural landscape. Indeed, it’s a real treat to be in this place and sampling the varieties of wild berries of Alaska.


Article by: Tiffany Huggins