A smurfberry is a round red berry that grows on a bush. It is generally considered the primary source of nutrition for the Smurfs, along with sarsaparilla leaves. It is part of a plant that is mostly indigenous to the Smurf Forest, though there is a remote island guarded by the Sea Witch that also has smurfberry bushes growing on it. The smurfberry is mostly used in various types of dessert dishes as well as in liquid form as a juice.
In Smurfs Media
Smurfberries appear mostly in the Smurfs cartoon show, Sony Pictures' The Smurfs live-action film series, and Smurfs: The Lost Village. The berries in the cartoon show appear red while the berries in the movies are blue.
Empath: The Luckiest Smurf stories
In the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf story series, smurfberries have pretty much existed in the Smurf Forest for centuries, so it has been the common source of food for the Smurfs. The nutrients found in smurfberries have been used by the Psyche Master in the creation of Empath's serving of nutrient paste, due to the particular nutrient requirements that a Smurf's body needs on a daily basis. Baby Smurf has smurfberries as part of his meals.
Smurfberries in this series are normally red and are usually less than half a centimeter in diameter. On the day of the Blue Moon Festival, smurfberries end up appearing blue instead of their normal red color, which indicates that a blue moon is about to appear in the sky. The taste of blue smurfberries, however, is indistinguishable from that of normal red smurfberries. Nevertheless, blue smurfberries remain fashionable enough for the Smurfs to develop foods and drinks based on its hue.
While most humans can eat smurfberries without a problem, Gargamel particularly finds them to be inedible and disgusting, as does his cat Azrael. However, when Gargamel created a Smurf hat from magic cloth that distorted Vanity's face when soaked with water, he told Papa Smurf that one of the ingredients for the antidote is an ounce of Smurf-pressed smurfberry juice. At one time Gargamel laced a patch of smurfberry bushes with concentrated smurfnip essence that caused the Smurfs who ate the berries to act particularly strange, causing them to walk out into the forest and be captured by him. The laced smurfberries did not change colors, but had a stronger smell to them due to the appetite attractant that was added to the smurfnip essence.
In the Smurf Me Up series, Smurfberries appear the same as in the cartoon series. Glovey Smurf once confused Smurfberries with blue berries simply because of the name, which he assumed were blue like the Smurfs. They are a common favorite of the Belgian Smurfs for any occasion.
Hero: The Guardian Smurf stories
In the HERO: The Guardian Smurf story production of "Smurfette And The Seven Smurfs", the Evil Queen disguised as an old peddler woman (played by Nanny Smurf) gives Snow White (played by Smurfette) a poisoned smurfberry that is blue in color. She claimed that it was a magic wishing smurfberry that would make the wishes of whoever eats the berry to come true.
In the story told by Hero Smurf that is based on the one from The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow, smurfberries tend to be the size of a Smurf's hand and are blue in color, at least in one illustration.