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Edible White Berries From Native Plants

Updated July 20, 2017

While on berry-picking expeditions, seeing white berries can cause you to run, not walk, in the other direction. It is common knowledge that most white berries found in the wild are poisonous. However, there are a few edible exceptions. These white berries vary in colour from clear to almost green. In any case, when you do discover them, you will find them quite tasty.

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White Blackberry

The white blackberry (Rubus cuneifolius, forma albifructus), a native to north-central Florida, yields a moderate crop and survives only with good soil moisture levels. It was discovered near some clumps of sand blackberry in 1934. The white blackberry is considered an albino variant of the sand blackberry, so it tastes very sweet. Because the white blackberry is rather soft and easily squished, it must be consumed locally. Transporting it any distance would be disastrous. Since blackberries are notorious for staining fingers and teeth, this berry can be consumed without those telltale marks.

White Raspberry

The white raspberry (Rubus erytrocaldus), native to Brazil, loves the subtropical climate with its rains and high humidity. It grows in shade as well as sun. The white raspberry is very sweet and tends toward a shade of light-green, but makes good jams and jellies provided you add some acidity such as lemon juice. It has a pleasing aroma. The berry will be smaller than the domesticated red varieties found in most gardens. Although not a heavy yielder, it steadily provides fruit throughout the growing season.

White Mulberry

The white mulberry (Morus alba), native to eastern and central China, thrives on soils with little or no organic matter and withstands a lack of rainfall. It is considered a weed in the United States and Europe. This hardy tree will thrive even if planted in a pot. The fruit is sweet but translucent. This allows you to see the darker seeds inside the fruit. As with most mulberries, the white mulberry fruit is thin and delicate, meaning its skin is very delicate. It also does not keep well.

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About the Author

Based in Rockford, Ill., Catherine Sutton started writing software reviews in 2006 and blog posts in 2008. She received the Rockford Area Gardeners of America Bronze Award in 2009. She holds an M.S. in agronomy-crop production from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also received an A.A. degree to become a personal technical specialist and another A.A. degree in computers and information systems.

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