Foraging has always been a popular activity for avid outdoorsmen, and summer is a great time to try your hand at supplementing your diet with some wild produce. Here are several easily identifiable berries that grow in West Virginia’s woods that you can be on the lookout for as you hike. As always, never eat anything you find if you are not 100% confident of the ID!
What other berries do you like to pick in the woods? Black raspberries are popular, as are wintergreen berries. Other summer and fall fruit that may or may not be classified as berries but are still worth looking out for as you hike include apples (most commonly found at old homestead sites), paw paws, and persimmons.
Be sure to check yourself for ticks after you’ve harvested wild fruit: these parasites love the thick underbrush and tall grass that often characterize wild berry patches!