Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Kinnikinnick Bearberry

Season: Blooms April to June, fruit begin to develop in midsummer
Habitat: open forest clearings
Identification: Leathery alternate leaves are spoon to lance shaped, upper surfaces darker green than undersides
Flowers are pink and urn shaped, nodding
Fruits are mealy red berries that look like tiny apples
Edibility: edible but usually too tart and mealy to enjoy, hardiness, they often remain in edible condition throughout winter, best remembered as a survival fare
“The tart berries were washed and eaten or dried and soaked later with sugar. The leaves could be crushed and smoked with tobacco or brewed for tea” (Hellson, 101)