Where can you find blueberries, strawberries, chokecherries, pin cherries, raspberries, and thimbleberries growing wild? Cook County Minnesota is your place!


Get the wild blueberry picking guide

Cook County offers so many delights for the senses, the beautiful scenery, the natural sounds of the forest, even the smells of wet earth, pine sap and woodsmoke are sure to please. But there are few culinary delights the forest has to offer. Even though there are many edible plants and mushrooms in the forest most of us would do better to leave them alone unless we have an expert along to make sure we are not getting ourselves into trouble.

The exception is berries! Almost anyone can identify edible fruits in the wild. Many boreal forest mainstays look very similar to the cultivated versions you find in the grocery store. The difference is the taste. You won’t find any blueberries the size of marbles but they won’t taste like plaster either. And those perfect raspberries that Julia Child garnishes her deserts with do not exist in the woods, but I’m sure Julia would prefer the ones you can pick at the back of your campsite.

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