I don't know if this berry is found in the eastern part of the country but out here on the coast it is extremely plentiful. It is called Salal. http://www.nwplants.com/business/catalog/gau_sha.html To pick it , you use scissors to pick the whole stem while you are in the woods and then use scissors to clip the individual berries off the stem at home. Shadow's private patch of salal in our yard. Shadow likes to pick salal herself so she will spend quite some time browsing in her patch. After clipping the berries off the stems, you add water and bring the berries to a boil for about 10 mins. Note: salal juice stains everything and it is as dark as indigo ink. I then put it through the food mill to strain out the skins, seeds and bits of stem. We picked about 1/2 a 5 gallon pail and got 11 cups of juice out of it. Salal has lots of pectin so after reading up, I added 1/2 c sugar for every cup of juice and a 1 tblsp of lemon juice to 4 cups of juice mixture. To boil it to jelled state, I worked with 4 cups at a time. It doesn't take long before it jells and does it ever jell firm!