92% of People Can't Name All of These Berries from an Image. Can You?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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For centuries, berries have been eaten and cultivated by people from all corners of the world. They have been used to make foods like jams, drinks like wine or simply eaten fresh. Are you a gifted gardener? Then let’s find out if you can name all of these berries!

One of the most recognizable berries in the world, strawberries are used worldwide in foods, such as chocolates, preserves, ice creams, juice, and baked goods. Homegrown strawberries are noticeably smaller than their store-bought counterparts. However, they have a much richer flavor.

One of the most popular berries in the world, raspberries are cold-hardy and long-lived. These fruits are used to produce sweet and flavorful foods, such as jams. These berries can also be eaten fresh.

Blueberries are found in Europe, Asia, and even parts of the southern hemisphere. However, they are found extensively in North America (the United States, Mexico, and Canada). Blueberries can be used to make wine but they are more often used to make baked goods, jams, and juice.

While many people may not think of them as such, grapes are actually firmly classified as berries by botanical standards. Grapes have had many uses throughout history; perhaps most notably, small-seeded​ grapes used to produce wines and juices.

Cranberries are well known for their significant nutritional value; having relatively substantial amounts of dietary fiber and vitamin C (as well as other important micronutrients). In the United States, cranberry sauce is commonly paired with turkey at Thanksgiving dinners.

Blackberries are edible fruits that are produced by many species of plants. They are actually very closely related to raspberries and dewberries. Blackberries grow wild throughout the Pacific Northwest and the South. They are particularly drawn to wet and fertile lands.

Baneberry gets its name from the fact that these berries are actually very dangerous to humans – especially young children. Numerous cases have been reported where children have been poisoned by eating the waxy, shiny red or white berries. Eating the berries can lead to cardiac arrest and death.

Currants are round and small fruits that come in several different colors, including: red, purple, and white. These berries are primarily found in areas that are moist and cool, since these are the regions where they thrive best. Currants are used in winemaking and for preserves.

The name gooseberry describes the plant and the fruit of the plant that is native to northern Africa, Europe, and the Caucasus. Gooseberries can be eaten fresh. However, they are often baked into foods or made into wine. They can also be used to flavor beverages.

Pokeberry is a dangerous fruit. In fact, the berries are significantly toxic whether they are green or have ripened. Although the leaves and stem are far more toxic, the berries can be fatal to toddlers. One of the most dangerous aspects of these berries is that they resemble blueberries.

Named for Rudolph Boysen, the boysenberry was developed by crossing raspberries, blackberries and Logan berries in the 1920s. Boysenberries are relatively versatile when it comes to where they will grow. However, they are particularly well suited to conditions that are beneficial for blackberries.

While juniper trees are popular in many parts of the world for their appearance and their uses, one of the most important aspects of the tree is the juniper berry. These berries are used extensively in European cuisine and often paired with meats. They are also used in some northern countries as a means of adding flavor to liquor.

Also known as the Japanese wineberry, dewberry, or wine raspberry; the wineberry is a species of fruit-bearing plant that is native to Japan, Korea, and China. The plant was introduced to North America and Europe for ornamental uses and possibly for creating hybrid raspberries. It has since become naturalized and invasive in some areas.

While the fruit of the Indian plum has no extensive use by humans throughout history, other parts of the plant itself have been very useful. The wood has been used to make implements like bows and arrows, wooden tools, spoons, and even combs. The fruit was sometimes used for medicinal purposes but the roots and twigs proved to be far more valuable in this regard.

Just like the tomato (which a persimmon somewhat resembles), ​the persimmon is actually classified as a berry by botanical standards. These round orange fruits are native to parts of Asia and the Middle East. However, nowadays there are several farmers and gardeners in the U.S. (southern parts) that are growing them as well.

The mulberry is a name that refers both to the flowering plant and the edible fruit that it produces. This plant has been cultivated in southeast Asia for countless years. In fact, it has been so long, that it is difficult to estimate the actual natural range of the plant.

A relatively young berry when compared to others, the tayberry gets its name from the river Tay located in Scotland – fitting since this berry originated in Scotland. The berry was patented in 1979 and is a cross between a red raspberry and a blackberry.

The fruit of the acai palm is a small black-purple sphere that looks somewhat similar to a grape, only noticeably smaller. While the fruit does have good nutritional value, in the early 2000s it was the subject of wild marketing accusations and unfounded claims. Some people even went so far as to falsify celebrity endorsements to sell acai berry products.

Elderberries are particularly fond of regions that are moist and cool, especially those that experience cold winters. In terms of appearance, it has often been said that elderberries and similar to currants and they can either be purple or dark red (or shades in-between).

Known for being found extensively throughout New England more than anywhere else in the country, bittersweet berries are bright orange in color. This striking color makes them appealing for decorative purposes. However, they are also very toxic as well.

The Barbados cherry – also known as the West Indian cherry – is a small shrub or tree that grows in the Caribbean and some parts of Central and South America. The tree cannot survive in colder temperatures, dying quickly if the surroundings become too cold.

As the name of this plant and berry would suggest, throughout history, it has been observed that this plant is particularly adaptable to relatively colder climates – now being found in various parts of Canada and the northern United States. Also, the berries have a bitter taste that actually gets better after freezing.

The best-known silkworm is in fact the mulberry silkworm. Knowing this, white mulberry trees were brought to the United States from China in an effort to establish some form of silk industry in the country in the 1800s. The fruit of the tree is forgettable, being bland and even unpleasant to eat.

Native to India, this berry can be found growing on relatively small trees throughout the country. Several studies have been conducted about the reported health benefits of the sour tasting fruit. It is an important aspect of traditional Indian medicinal practices.

Goji berry shrubs are native to the mountainous regions of China and the Himalaya. However, researchers in Utah are experimenting with them. These plants are able to tolerate drought, extreme heat and cold, and poor soils. The berries have been sought after by some people due to their nutritional content.

Huckleberries are primarily found in the United States, growing wild throughout the Pacific Northwest. They are well suited to thrive in the cool, moist conditions that are often found in woodland settings. They are similar to blueberries ​and are delicious fresh, or in jams and baked goods.

These edible berries are well known for being found all along the west coast of North America, from as far north as parts of Alaska to as far south as California. While these berries can be eaten raw when they are ripe, they are often simply processed into jam, candy, jelly, and wine.

While they are fit for human consumption, barberries are oftentimes too sour to enjoy fresh. However, they are reasonably pleasant when cooked with sugar and are even sometimes used as dried berries. The plant itself is often used for landscaping.

Throughout history, nannyberries have had the misfortune of sometimes being commonly mistaken for chokeberries – another berry that it is similar to in both taste and appearance. Nannyberries are primarily used in preserves and syrups. The plant grows wild in northern marshes and woodlands.

If you glance at a plant that has privet berries on them, then you probably would not even give them a second thought or be completely oblivious to them altogether. However, these unassuming black or purple berries are actually very toxic and should not be eaten.

While holly leaves and berries are often used as a traditional Christmas decoration, the plant is not as innocent as it seems on the surface. The berries are toxic, causing vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. In addition to this, ​the ingestion of over 20 holly berries can be fatal to young children.

Found primarily in the northern parts of North America, the red clusters of bunchberries would seem to be appetizing. However, they are bland and unappetizing.

The Oregon grape has several purposes for which it is used. First, the plant itself is often used for landscaping purposes. Secondly, the fruit has been used to make preserves and wines. Lastly, the root of the plant has been used to treat gallbladder disease, diarrhea, and constipation.

Thimbleberries are often considered to be the wild relative of raspberries. The plant itself is very adaptable in terms of where it will grow – being found in both Alaska and northern Mexico, as well as everywhere in-between. They can be eaten fresh, but are also sometimes made into jams.

Lingonberries are notable for being found throughout Canada and Europe but rarely in the United States. The fruit itself is very similar in appearance to cranberries. It is often used in the creation of preserves but can be found in baked goods as well.

Mistletoe is a plant that is commonly associated with Christmas. However, although it is a key part of the season of giving and love, this plant has a few hidden nasty traits. It is a parasitic plant, attaching itself to trees and stealing nutrients from them. In addition, the berries are toxic to humans.

Buffaloberry​ is an edible berry that grows wild throughout the Great Plains region and is enjoyed by both wildlife and humans. The red fruit is perfectly suitable for eating fresh, dried, or in baked goods.

Bearberry can be found in arctic and subarctic zones around the world. The bearberry plant produces red berries that​ are enjoyed by bears. The berries are also fit for human consumption. However, they have also been used (in addition to the leaves) for medicinal purposes.

Cowberries are the name given to an evergreen shrub and the fruit produced by the shrub. This plant can be found in cold northern areas of the world, particularly the Arctic tundra and boreal forests. Various parts of the plant, including the fruit, have been used over the years in folk medicine.

While ivy has historically been prized as a decorative plant throughout history, today in many parts of the United States it is defined as a weed due to its invasive nature. In fact, it is banned in some areas. In addition to this, the berries that it produces are toxic.

Chokecherry plants are extremely versatile, being able to resist disease and also grow well under the shade of larger plants. They are also very drought tolerant, making them valued as landscaping plants. The fruit can be used to make wine and preserves

Loganberries are notable for being grown very similarly to blackberries. This is no coincidence ​since Loganberries are actually biologically a cross between blackberries and raspberries. It has a pleasant taste and is used for making juices and jams.

Bilberries are primarily found in Europe, more specifically throughout northern Europe where they grow wild. The berries can be eaten fresh or baked into foods. However, they are most often made into jams. They are very similar to blueberries.

Red mulberry trees are native to many areas of the United States, where their berries leave a mess on sidewalks and hard surfaces. The fruit is somewhat similar to blackberries and they are highly perishable.

Cloudberries are golden yellow when ripe and have a distinctive tart taste. They are also known for their rich vitamin C content. In Nordic countries, some alcoholic drinks are flavored with cloudberries​. They are also used to make jams, juices, and tarts.

The fruit of the juneberry tree is notable for resembling blueberries and also being very tasty. However, this plant sees more use as a landscaping addition, due to its ability to withstand harsh climates like cold winters and droughts.

Dewberries are a common sight throughout the northern hemisphere, often to the point of being considered to be a weed in some places. However, the leaves and the fruit are beneficial. The leaves can be used for tea and the fruit can be used to make jam or be eaten raw.

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