07.26.2019 Eastern Teaberry

The plant of many names, this is also known as wintergreen (several have that same common name), checkerberry,  boxberry, or American wintergreen.  One of the botanists at Native Plant Trust calls it eastern spicy-wintergreen.

Gaultheria procumbensis is a member of the Ericaceae Family which also includes blueberries.  They have similar flowers.  These flowers give way to bright red berries which are edible and the leaves make a nice tea.  Often they carpet the forest floor similar to the partridge berries.  Back in the day I enjoyed this when much younger although I never did the shuffle

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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8 Responses to 07.26.2019 Eastern Teaberry

  1. An excellent intimate portrait.

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    Another beautiful photo from a difficult angle, Steve – really nice! I don’t remember the commercial OR Clark’s, but I probably should, oh well….it’s a cute one. 🙂

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    • Yes, these are just as low to the ground as the partridge berries. Good thing I’m not a germophobe. 🙂
      P.S. I just checked and either way…germophobe or germaphobe is correct.

      I really liked that gum as a kid.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    These do look remarkably like blueberries, and the first thing that came to mind when I read ‘teaberry’ was the gum. I remember the package as a kind of salmon/pinky color. Let’s see… Yes!
    It looks like they’ve changed the color since the days when I favored it, and it’s more orange now, but the color I remembered matches those vintage packs.

    The simplicity of this portrait is appealing. Sometimes less is just less, but in this case, less truly is more.

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    • I haven’t chewed gum in decades, but I still remember Teaberry’s and Juicyfruit’s flavors. Dentyne’s too.

      I’ve always striven to find a composition with a nice space between the subject and background for this simple effect. It doesn’t always happen but in this case and a few more yet to come it did work out. Thanks, Linda.


  4. susurrus says:

    I searched for blueberry shuffle (a mistake) but much prefer the one you linked to – I never knew the name.

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