Wintergreen Berries Harvesting


Plant wintergreen in your garden and you've got a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and tasty base for herb tea. Native peoples and early American settlers relied on wintergreen teas and oil to relieve fever, reduce inflammation and even prevent tooth decay. This hardy herb grows wild throughout Canada and much of the central and eastern United States. Its leaves have a minty, refreshing taste and can be brewed into a tea or munched on fresh. Eat the red berries fresh or bake them into pies and jams.

Step 1

Plant wintergreen from seed, nursery plants or native cuttings in a damp spot in your garden that receives full to partial shade. Water newly-planted wintergreen frequently so the soil stays moist, but not soggy. Once wintergreen is established, it can survive on less water.

Step 2

Pick the wintergreen berries off the stems when they've turned bright red in late fall.

Step 3

Harvest all the wintergreen berries at once, or leave some on the bushes. They'll remain until spring and you can harvest them all winter.


  • Herbal Musings: Wonderful Wintergreen
  • Herbs 2000: Wintergreen

Who Can Help

  • United States Department of Agriculture: Growing for the Medicinal Herb Market
Keywords: harvesting wintergreen berries, wintergreen tea, growing wintergreen

About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing for five years. Her work has appeared in "The Friend" and "Western New York Parent" magazines. Her guide for teachers, "Helping Young Children Cope with Grief" will be published this spring. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College and recently returned to school to complete a degree in communications/English.