There are many types of berries grown across the world. Most
berries grow on prickly bramble bushes, thistles and trees. Some
grow wild in woodland and hilly areas. Some berries grow better
in cooler, wetter climates, but there are also berry varieties
which grow well in warm, dry climates.
The history of berries date back centuries, there are many types
of berry of all different colors which include white, yellow,
golden, green, red, purple, blue and black berries, many of them
vibrant and shiny, rich and dark - whatever the color, berries
appear very attractive and many varieties of berry are used to
The health benefits and nutritional
value of berries are outstanding. A punnet of berries will
provide a family with a rich source of vitamins, nutrients and
Berries make an ideal snack, especially for
children as they are small in size and often sweet and
delicious. However, please remember to confirm facts and
information about berries before picking them as not all types
of berries are edible.
Be careful when picking berries
close to the road as they may have been exposed to a great deal
of dust and pollution. For more interesting, nutritional data of
berries and important information and facts about the health
benefits of berries, please refer to the fruit's individual page
which is dedicated to the specific, named berry.
Types of Berries
Berries This berry type is unusual as it grows on the acai palm
tree, they a purple - red berry, around 2.5cm long. They are
grown in Central and South America.
Berries Auroras are an American variety of blueberry, one of
the last to season, large sweet berries which keep very well.
This is a type of hybrid berries which looks like a big
blackberry which is red - purple in color. A cross between a
raspberry and youngberry. Ideal for making jam.
Very similar to blueberries except the bilberry is smaller and
not as sweet. It's a dark blue black berry which is round.
Bilberries have a mild, delicious flavor and they provide many
Similar to raspberries and dewberries, blackberries are a little
larger than dewberries and unlike raspberries, they are deep
purple black colored. These berries grown on prickly upright
bramble bushes and provide many qualities including vitamin C,
fibre, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Dewberries are very
similar to blackberries expect they grow on long trailing
Small black currants / berries which grow in clusters and
contain small seeds. Blackcurrant provides a good source of
vitamin C which helps to ward away colds and flu. Blackcurrants
are berries best cooked and used for making jellies and jam.
Popular berries often referred to as a super food or super fruit
as it has outstanding health benefits and qualities, such as
promoting healthy brain function and improving memory and
concentration levels. The blueberry is small, dark blue colored,
firm on the outside. Berries are soft inside with soft edible
seeds, mild in flavor and delicious.
In Canada the Cloudberries are known as Baked Apple Berries. The
Cloudberry is similar to the raspberry, except its color is
golden yellow. Golden berries are grown in colder climates in
countries such as Scandinavia and Siberia. These berries are
slow to ripen in such climates, therefore, their flavor
intensifies during the growing process more so than many other
berry varieties - this strong flavor makes the berries taste
This type of berry is hugely popular. Cranberry is often used in
sauces or stuffing to accompany meat such as turkey,
traditionally served with Christmas dinner. Cranberries are
small, round, red, firm and sour. These berries are excellent
cooked, dried or for making juice.
This variety of berry originated from America. The Craneberry is
a larger, sweeter variety of cranberry and it is a very
popularly type of berry that is used at Thanksgiving dinner.
Elderberries These berries type grow in clusters of small
shiny black berries which are very sweet and fragrant.
Elderberry has a high vitamin C content. These berries are ideal
for adding flavor and color to drinks including wine.
Berries This kind of berry is also known as the Chinese
wolfberry. Goji berries are grown in Asia and Southeastern
Europe. This type of berry refers to two the fruit of two plant
species which are the Chinese Lycium Chinense and Lycium
Barbarum. The wolf berries are bright red orange colored, they
contain little yellow seeds and are 1-2 cm long.
The Gooseberry is very different to other types of berry as its
generally larger in size, bright green to purple in color with
firm, tough skin. The flavor and texture of Gooseberries can
vary from sour and tough to sweet and soft. Goose berries have
faint lines running down their skin. This berry provides fibre,
vitamin A, C, D, calcium, potassium, niacin and phosphorus. The
calories in Gooseberry are very low.
Haw Berries These berries
grown on hawthorns or May trees. They are small in size, deep
red in color and they grow in clusters. Haws have a bitter,
strong taste. Theses berries are good for making sauces and
The Huckleberry is small with firm skin. They contain hard seeds
inside them. Huckleberries taste sharp and strong. Tangleberry
is a similar American variety.
Loganberries These are
hybrid berries - a cross between a raspberry and a dewberry.
Mulberries These are
common berries used in wine, pies, tarts and other berry
recipes. Mulberry grows on trees. There are different kinds
which include white or black Mulberries.
Redcurrants Small bright
shiny berries which grow in clusters. Suitable for eating raw.
Excellent for cake decoration as they look so attractive. Ideal
ingredient for berry desserts.
Raspberries A small red
berry fruit, there are also yellow raspberry varieties
available. These berries are delicious, succulent and sweet.
Ideal for healthy baking and packed full of vitamins and
nutrients - berries which can significantly improve health and
These are actually seed pods of roses which may be red or orange
shades of color. Rose hips can be eaten providing the hairy
seeds are removed first. The rose hip has an extremely high
content of Vitamin C. They are ideal for making jellies and
These are small berries which grow in clusters. The rowanberry
is bright red orange colored, and it is eaten mainly by wild
birds as Rowanberries grow from the Mountain Ash Tree. When it
comes to human consumption, Rowans are berries which are most
commonly used as an ingredient in orange jelly.
Youngberries Hybrid berry,
deep red blackberry. Cross between dewberry & loganberry.
Strawberries These delicious berries are ripe when red. The
Strawberry is one of the most commonly eaten types of berry.
They range from small to large in size. The health benefits of
strawberries are high as this fruit is crammed with vitamins and
minerals including Vitamin B and C, iron, potassium and fibre.
Strawberries are sweet and tasty, they are ideal for all sorts
of recipes including smoothies.
Tayberries This is a bright
red, hybrid berry which is ideal for cooking. The Tayberry
originates from Scotland. It is a cross between the Tetraploid
Raspberry and the Aurora Blackberry.
Whitecurrants This variety
are small white golden berries which grow in clusters.
Whitecurrant is suitable for eating raw. They are excellent for
cake decoration as they look lovely with a sprinkling of icing
sugar. White currants are also ideal for using in cake and tart