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It's rare that you'll hear me touting the virtues of invasive plants.  Very rare. But during this time of year, I'm willing to make one exception.  In late June or early July, the wineberries (Rubus phoenicolasius) are out in full force, and if you can find them when they're ripe, they're an exquisite, locally-grown, organic (most likely) treat.

Whether popping them in your mouth by the handful, or putting them on top of an ice cream sundae, these deep red berries are sweet relief in the dog days of summer. As a rule, the darker the berries, the riper (and sweeter) they are.  

Wineberry bushes are often found at the edge of disturbed forests, or along road edges where they haven't been completely shaded out.   A visit to one of our local parks late last week confirmed that now is the time to go out and start harvesting if you're a fan of these juicy treats.

Eating the berries yourself has the added environmental benefit of keeping those seed-laden morsels from wildlife who have helped to spread the invasive plant far and wide through their droppings.

 Disclaimer: Before you eat any wild fruits or berries, please make sure that you have properly identified them.   It is possible to get sick (or worse) from eating poisonous plant parts.

Meet our team

  • Meet our team set 1
    Kate Fitz
    Kate FritzExecutive DirectorMs. Fritz is an environmental professional with ten years of experience in water quality, land use and sustainability planning ... Read More
    Suzanne Martin
    Suzanne MartinDirector of DevelopmentSuzanne has 18 years experience in fundraising, primarily in the education and environmental arenas. She has worked at private independents schools, Johns Hopkins University, Wichita State University, the Jane Goodall Institute and most recently at The Key School in Annapolis. ... Read More
    Jesse Iliff
    Jesse IliffSouth RIVERKEEPERJesse Iliff is an attorney who obtained his juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law... Read More
    David Lanier
    David LanierRestoration TechnicianBio coming soon! ... Read More
  • Meet our team set 2
    Nancy MerrillCoordinator, Volunteer and Outreach ProgramNancy Merrill is a recent transplant to the shores of the South River although she grew up as a river rat on the nearby Severn River ... Read More
    Jennifer Carr
    Jennifer CarrCoordinator, Watershed RestorationJennifer graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Geography and a ... Read More
    Shardee' Powell
    Shardee PowellAdministrative AssistantShardee’ is a Calvert County Native but, isn’t a stranger to the South River watershed... Read More
    Sarah Giordano
    Sarah GiordanoEnvironmental ScientistSarah Giordano signed on as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer after graduating from Washington College ... Read More
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