Alaska blueberries (Vaccinium uliginosum) are common from the southern forests to the high Arctic tundra. The small shrub has short green leaves and produces small berries ranging from light blue to purplish-black. Insects pollinate blueberries. As the berries ripen during late summer and early autumn, the leaves turn a brilliant red-orange, coloring the tundra in vibrant hues. Blueberries are an essential food source for bears, birds, and other animals. Berry picking is an integral part of Native Alaska life and culture, and as soon as the berries are ripe, Alaskans frequent the berry patches to fill their baskets with this tart and delicious fruit. Blueberries are eaten fresh or dried, used in jams and jellies, ice cream, cereals, and many baked goods.
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