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Bearberry Seeds (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Bearberry Seeds (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

$ 4.25

Bearberry-

 aka: Foxberry, Kinnikinic, Red bearberry, Bear's-grape, Bear's bilberry, Bear's whortleberry, Upland cranberry, Mountain cranberry, Crowberry, Mealberry, Rockberry, Mountain box, killikinnic, Universe vine, Burren myrtle, Creashak, Sagachomi, Rapper dandies (fruit)

Our native bears love these!  Bearberry is a low growing and favors semi-shaded areas. Acid soil is not a problem for these plants.  Poor soil is not a problem either.  Hardy to Zone 2, these tough little plants will please you for years.  The fruit can be prepared alone or with other foods.  It is not unlike lingonberries- if fact it is closely related. Jellies, jams and spiced fruit recipes are my favorite.  

Bearberry Tea

Use the leaves too!  Tasty and may help with bladder infections.  Make a cold infusion or for a quick method.....  

1 teaspoon fresh or dried bearberry leaves

1 cup boiling water

uva-ursi dried leaves bearberry

mix and let steep for 15 minutes or until cooled.

Bearberry Jam

2 quarts whole berries

3 oz liquid pectin

Granulated sugar

Sterilized hot jelly jars

Wash berries thoroughly and put in a medium-sized saucepan.  Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until tender - about 5 minutes.  Strain in a strainer, then measur by cupfuls and return to the pan.  Add pectin and an equal amount of sugar as the amount of cooked berries- mix well.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly again for one minute.  Remove from heat.  Pour into prepared jelly jars and seal.  Store in a cool, dark place.