Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Lowbush Blueberry (American Blueberry, Low Sweet Blueberry) (Vaccinium angustifolium): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 12, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Simple, alternative leavaes. Minutely toothed leaves (cannot see very slight seration in the images). Berries have 5 lobes forming a star pattern. Leave are more lance-like rather than somewhat ovate (oval) leaves of the Dwarf Bilberry (Vaccinium cespitosum). Dark blue berries when ripe. It was growing as a very low shrub covering up to a 20 square foot area. Not 100% certain of the identification as Vaccinium angustifolium species as it could be one of the other Vaccinium species.
July 19, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Picked two cups of blueberries. I fed the mosquitoes and got stung by what I think was a wasp.

Made a smoothie based on the recipe I found online for the Wild Blueberry and Hemp Shake. The ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of spring water.
  • 5 Tablespoons of Hemp Seeds.
  • 3 Tablespoons of Agave Nectar.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Butter. (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract.
  • 1 10-ounce package of frozen blueberries. (I used 2 cups of fresh blueberries.)
  • 1 Cup frozen banana.
  • Pinch of Sea Salt.

Directions:

  • Blend everything except for the frozen ingredients on high speed until it is white, cremy and frothy.
  • Add the frozen ingredients and blend again on high until smooth and creamy.
  • [Note: Since I used 2 cups of fresh blueberries, I increased all of the ingredient levels by 1-1/2 times (2-1/4 cups water, 7-1/2 TBs of Hemp Seeds, etc.) except for the Agave Nectar.]
July 28, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Very large patched of Lowbush Blueberries. Most of the Blueberries had been either picked or eaten. Go back in mid-July next year.
Date Location Notes Images
April 26, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire