Bearberry or Kinnikinnick
This plant is a common evergreen shrub with reddish, scaly
bark and thick, leathery leaves 4 centimeters long and 1 centimeter
wide. It has white flowers and bright red fruits. (The fruits
are usually somewhat dry inside.)
Habitat and Distribution
This plant is found in arctic, subarctic, and temperate regions,
most often in sandy or rocky soil.
Its berries are edible raw or cooked. You can make a refreshing
tea from its young leaves.
The berries are edible, but not palatable. They taste like
they are full of sawdust instead of juice. Still, they are a
good survival food, because they often stay on the branches all
The leaves are used to make a tea that promotes urination
and cleans out the urinary tract. Studies have shown that bearberry
inhibits the growth of gam-positive bacteria. It also helps with