List of berry good berries

The word berry comes from the Old English berie, which originally meant “grape.” According to, the berry family is not a botanical category but rather a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages like English. (Languages like Spanish and French, do not link all these yummy little fruits with a similar name, but rather have  distinct words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. (In French, those would be mûres, framboises, myrtilles, and fraises.) Here is a running list of berries culled from classes and workshops. Please add more, if you have them, in the comments section. I can’t promised to send you a gold star if you do. How about a virtual gooseberry?
  • Acai
  • Alkekengi
  • Barberry
  • Blackberry
  • Black currant
  • Blueberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Bramble berry
  • Bramble fruits
  • Cherry berry
  • Cranberry
  • Currant
  • Elderberry
  • Goji berry
  • Golden raspberry
  • Gooseberry
  • Grapes or “wine berries”
  • Hakeberry
  • Honeysuckle (watch out, some of these berries are mildly poisonous!)
  • Huckleberry
  • Jostaberry
  • Lemon berry
  • Lingon berry
  • May apple
  • Mulberry
  • Nanny berry
  • Oregon grape
  • Poisonberry
  • Raspberry
  • Red currant
  • Ribes
  • Sea buckthorn
  • Strawberry
  • Thimbleberry
  • Tomato
  • Wild rose
  • Wine raspberry


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