Bayberries are brilliantly colored, ranging from white to deep plum. They are approximately two centimeters in diameter and have a very knobby appearance. The small berry is made up of hundreds of tiny finger-like sections that are similar to the tiny vesicles in citrus fruits. There is a hard seed at the center that is about half the size of the berry. Bayberries are sweet and tart, with juicy pulp. The juice can stain hands and lips.
Bayberries are loaded with vitamins, like riboflavin, thiamine and carotene and have very high levels of vitamin C. Bayberries have high levels of a powerful group of antioxidants called oligomeric proanthocyanidins or OPCs, which help fight free-radicals in the body. OPCs are twenty times more powerful than vitamin C and fifty times more powerful than vitamin E.