Indian Strawberry

Scientific name: Duchesnea indica
Abundance: uncommon
What: small red fruit, young leaves
How: fruit raw (tasteless/bland), leaves and flowers raw, cooked, or in a tea
Where: sunny or partially shaded fields, moist areas.
When: spring
Nutritional Value: minerals, low in vitamins

Indian strawberry ground cover.

Close-up of the edible fruit.
Indian Strawberry Fruit IGFB13

Close-up of the flower.

Indian strawberry leaves.
Indian Strawberry Leaves IGFB13

Texas distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. The marked counties are guidelines only. Plants may appear in other counties, especially if used in landscaping.

North American distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture.

These bright red berries and yellow flowers appear in sunny to partially sunny areas returning to wilderness or infrequently mowed. Sadly, these fruit actually have a bland, inside taste. However, they are usually plentiful when in season and can supply a good dose of vitamins, flavanoids and antioxidants. No one will notice Indian strawberries' lack of flavor when they're added to vanilla ice cream sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

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