Wild blueberries and sweet amber (tutsan berries)
How can you tell them apart: Although these plants look very similar, you can still tell them apart by the color of the berries. Wild blueberries (left photo) are green when fully ripe, while sweet amber berries (right photo) are black.
Wild grapes and moonseeds
How can you tell these two plants apart: Both types grow fruit in clusters and they are easy to confuse with each other. So the best way to determine which fruit is edible is to take a berry and slice it open. Wild grapes (left) have round seeds, and moonseed seeds (right) will have a crescent shape.
Sweet almonds and bitter almonds
How can you tell them apart: Sweet almonds (pictured on the left) usually come from trees with white flowers, while bitter almonds (pictured on the right) have pink flowers. However, sometimes the flower colors can be different and another way to tell them apart is to look at the fruit. Bitter almonds are slightly wider and shorter in shape than sweet almonds.
Wild garlic and wisteria (death camas)
How to tell them apart: The easiest way to tell these 2 plants apart is to use your sense of smell. Wild garlic plants (left image) have a characteristic odor that onions and garlic can easily identify, while wisteria plants (right image) will not have that characteristic smell.
Grape tomatoes and wild tomatoes
How can you tell them apart: Both plants produce flowers with 5 pointed petals, but a different color. Grape tomatoes (left) produce yellow petals, while wild tomatoes (right) produce dark purple petals.
Male lulu and poison ivy
How can you tell them apart: The male lucerus (left photo) grows in clusters and has white flowers, while the poison eggplant (right photo) grows individually. However, you should also be careful when choosing male lullabies, as they can contain toxins when unripe.
Chestnuts and horse chestnuts
How can you tell them apart: Edible chestnuts (pictured left) always have a pointed tip and stripes on the seeds. On the other hand, horse chestnuts (pictured on the right) are absent, they are smooth and round in shape.
Real and fake goat belly mushroom (morel)
How can you tell them apart: Real goat belly mushrooms (pictured left) have a hollow body and cap fastened with a honeycomb-shaped hat. In contrast, the “fake” (right image) has a snake body and spongy brain-like hats, very similar to the “real thing”.
Both the real and the fake grow in the same wooded area, so be careful not to be fooled by their exact resemblance.
Wild Carrot and Poison Ginseng
How can you tell them apart: Look closely at their bodies. Wild carrots (left) are usually covered with hairs, while poison ivy (right) will have smooth, hairless stems with purple spots.
Leave a Reply