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Berries of the North - Flora
Written By: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Writer), Layla Lawlor (Developer)
An overview of berries that grow in the north.

Many types of berries and berry-like fruits grow in the North. Most ripen during the brief Northern summer. People gather these primarily for food. Berry-picking is among the first productive tasks that children learn, usually just before or after joining an age-set. Some
berries are eaten fresh, while others are dried, cooked, or otherwise processed. Some types have additional craft applications such as ink or dye.

Chokecherries are berries that are favorites of birds, and are usually used found far inland on smallish trees. They are very tart and although the fruit of the flesh can be used to make flavorful preserves, the pits, leaves and wood are all poisonous.

Blackberries (a particularly cold-hardy strain, most common near Itadesh), blueberries, salmonberries (most common near Itakith), black and red raspberries (most common near Itrelir), alpine strawberries and low-bush cranberries are familiar from our own world.

Rockberry is an alpine groundcover with a dry berry similar to a blueberry on an evergreen plant that looks a great deal like a tiny spruce branch.

5-petaled wild roses produce tart rosehips, which are not technically berries, but are harvested similarly. About the size of a very large bean, bright orange or red in color, seedy and sour, they are nutritious and make a flavorful tea. Early flower pedals are used as fragrance and dye. Although lovely and useful plants, wild roses are particularly pesky; they will choke out other berries and plants with their tangled, hip-high thickets, given the chance, and will overgrow trails and fields. Long, sharp thorns make them unpalatable eating for the snow-unicorns, and they snag in tails and feathers and are difficult to brush out, making them one of the rangers' least favorite plants.

Of frostberries, we know this:

Thraji finds some frostberries
and plucks them from the knee-high bush,
their brown spheres turned mushy and sweet
after autumn's frozen touch.

-excerpt from Autumn Gathering by Elizabeth Barrette

Everberries are a feature of the story of the same name:.

Privately, Birka thought it was a bit of a wild snowy chase everberry was rare and getting rarer. The similar - but hardier - blueberries tended to crowd it out of the territory they competed for, and several of their usual patches had become too unhealthy to harvest from. The berry was useful as a dermal wash to help with allergies, but more prized as an indelible ink, starting out with a reddish wash that darkened to a rich, dark black that wouldn't fade on birchbark paper for decades. As careful and prudent as they were with what they recorded, the precious ink was always in short supply.

-excerpt from Everberries by Ellen Million

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