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A Wonderberry bush grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall, with leaves about 6 inches (15 cm) long.

It has berries just a bit larger than peas, that ripen from green to very dark blue.

Wonderberries are somewhat sweet, and certainly far better tasting than Garden Huckleberries, with which the berries are often confused. That being said, and the name notwithstanding, the berries still don't taste of much of anything when eaten fresh out of hand, and are consequently best used in preserves and pies.


Wonderberries are poisonous when green.

History Notes

Wonderberries were developed in 1905 by Luther Burbank, who called them "Sunberries." He sold the rights to them to another plant dealer, who renamed the berry to "Wonderberry." Burbank had many critics, though, and some said that Burbank hadn't really created a new plant at all, just renamed Garden Huckleberry (Solanum nigrum guineense), originally from Africa. Burbank backed up his claim of a new plant by saying that his was a cross between Solanum nigrum guineense and Solanum villosum (from Europe) that he had been working on for 25 years.

See also:


Açaí Berries; Akala Berries; Aronia Berries; Baba Berries; Barberries; Berries; Bilberries; Black Currants; Black Gooseberries; Blueberries; Buffalo Currants; Bumbleberries; Cape Gooseberries; Cloudberries; Cranberries; Devil Spits Day; Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show; Elderberries; Garden Huckleberries; Gooseberries; Haw Flakes; Hawthorne Berries; Huckleberry; Hudson Bay Currants; Jostaberries; Lingonberries; Mulberries; Otaheite Gooseberry; Raspberries; Red Currants; Saskatoon Berries; Sea Buckthorn; Serendipity Berries; Strawberries; Sunberries; Tayberries; Thimbleberries; Ugni; Waimate Berries; White Currants; Wineberries; Wonderberries; Worcesterberries

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Also called:

Solanum Burbankii (Scientific Name)


Oulton, Randal. "Wonderberries." CooksInfo.com. Published 21 January 2006; revised 02 December 2007. Web. Accessed 05/20/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/wonderberries>.

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