Credit: K. Jalone
The blueberry is probably the most sought-after plant in the park. Blueberry bushes have small pink blossoms in the spring, the leaves are small and oval shaped, and the stems are woody. In late summer small, purplish-blue berries ripen. A "highbush" variety of blueberry is found in lowland areas, and a "lowbush" variety favors alpine tundra.
Wild blueberries are smaller than commercial varieties, but many people find them more flavorful. Blueberries are great in pies, jams, and with ice cream. Alaska Natives use the berries in their own kind of ice cream, what Dena'ina Athabascans call nivagee, traditionally made of bear fat, sugar, fish, and berries.
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