Alaska blueberries are good for you. Right?


The approximate range of the Bog Blueberry on earth, drawn on a map that was drawn by Sean Baker.

Our beloved Alaska blueberry seems to have a bad reputation in parts of Europe and Scandinavia. There, people have called it the “mad berry,” “intoxicating berry” and “vomit berry.”

Zuzana Vaneková, a pharmacology researcher at the University of Vienna in Austria, recently visited Alaska to gather blueberries in order to help solve a mystery regarding the bog blueberry (Vaccinium uliginosum).

“Ever since I was little, people told me not to eat it because it would make me vomit and hallucinate,” she said.

Bog blueberries are a favorite of

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