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Purple berries

Upon consumption, purple berries will temporarily stain the eater's tongue.

The purple berry is a sweet, succulent fruit found throughout the Fire Nation. Although harmless, it stains a person's tongue temporarily purple after being consumed and can cause a bellyache if too many are eaten.[1]


Upon Team Avatar's arrival in Jang Hui, Katara saw the distress of the villagers and decided to aid them, proposing that they stay another night. Sokka fiercely protested, arguing that it would severely disrupt their tight schedule. To force them to stay, Katara secretly fed Appa purple berries. The berries stained his tongue purple, making him appear sick, giving the group no choice but to stay until the sky bison recovered. Because of this, Katara was able to help the village at night while disguised as the Painted Lady. Sokka later discovered her trickery when Toph accidentally ate some of the berries, which consequently dyed her tongue purple as well. She later also fed Momo some of the berries.[2]


  1. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Gear: Purple Berries.
  2. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (October 5, 2007). "The Painted Lady". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.

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