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Empetrum nigrum


This is a dwarf evergreen shrub with short needle-like leaves.

It has small, shiny, black berries that remain on the bush throughout the winter.

Habitat and Distribution

Look for this plant in tundra throughout arctic regions of North America and Eurasia.

Edible Parts

The fruits are edible fresh or can be dried for later use.

Steve's notes:

Crowberry doesn't usually produce an abundance of berries, but because the berries often cling to the plant through the winter, it's a wild food worth knowing.


The Ultralight Backpacking Site | Crowberry