Food Review: Berries in Winter

Blue Jay wearing a fedora and chomping down on a berry

By Alan Bluefeather, Food Reviewer for The Brooklyn Bird Bugle.

4 out of 5 stars for the Ilex verticillata (common winterberry bush) south of the Boathouse. (Minus one star for the cat that sometimes lurks nearby).

When winter surrounds us and the earthworms and insects are nowhere in sight, do we have to resort to eating shrivelled, spoiled berries? No! For delicious, hyper-local organic berries, this “common winterberry” bush tastes far from common. Berries are unusually plump this year and have lasted well into the winter. Please note: if you do stop by this bush, don’t forget to poop out the seeds on some fertile ground within the park so we will have similar delicious berry bushes growing in the future.

Illustrations: © Fiona Carswell, 2021.