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.

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): Images

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July 19, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Technically not foraging since this is a pick-your-own organic blueberry farm. It was quite a difference from the Lowbush Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium). Apparently, the Lowbush blueberries are sweeter, but they sure are more difficult to pick. The Highbush Blueberry plants were from 4 to 6 feet tall. While the Lowbush Blueberry plants were 6 to 12 inches tall.

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.]
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July 24, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire I was coming back from foraging near an orchard and stopped by a pond. Right at the edge of the pond were numerous High Bush Blueberry bushes. The berries were not as big as the cultivated varieties we picked last year, but they tasted better.
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July 22, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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May 13, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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July 8, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Key:
  • Fruit blue or black. Shubs over 2 dm tall.
  • Branchlets papillose (covered with short, rounded projections).
  • Single- to several-stemmed strubs 1-3(-4) meters tall. Leaf blades 38-80 mm long.
  • Back of leaf blade not moderately to densely pubescent (hairy).
  • Leaf blades 38-80 mm long, 20-30 mm wide. Berry 6-12 mm in diameter.