Can you be allergic to berries?

“Berries are the healthiest fruit, offering potential protection against cancer and heart disease, boosting the immune system and acting as a guard for the liver and brain” – Michael Greger.

Given that this information has been confirmed by doctors worldwide, being allergic to berries can be a pretty big bummer. In some extreme cases, people can be allergic to all berries.

If you think that you or someone you know may be allergic to all berries, you need to have skin tests for common berries done, and applied ones for the rarer berries. Interestingly, there can be people who are allergic to fruit like strawberries and cane berries, as well as gooseberry, figs and mulberries, but not to grapes, cherries and cranberries. So what do these berries have in common?
One possible thing is small seeds. If you want to enjoy this fruit, but are allergic to it, you can boil it, add some sugar and strain and drink. It might require a little bit of an effort on your part, but it’s better than nothing, right?

Berry allergy symptoms

Berry allergy symptoms include throat swelling, runny nose, wheezing, sneezing, coughing and other problems breathing. If you can eat cranberries, then you can probably eat blueberries too because they are related.


Gluten is a common natural ingredient of many foods, and a gluten allergy can manifest itself in an allergy to berries. It can be challenging to deal with gluten allergies. A common symptom is skin itchiness.

Are berry allergies connected to other types of allergies?

This is possible. Some people with berry allergies are also allergic to shell fish, horse, cats, dogs and even grass pollen!
The good news is that allergic reactions diminish with age. At any rate, you need to either avoid berries or consume them in a way that won’t cause a health risk.


If you’ve checked out our wine allergy article, then you must know all about histamines. If not, here’s what you need to know – histamine is a key chemical in the allergic reactions of our bodies, and is also a natural ingredient of many beverages and foods, including some berries.