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Old 12-17-2016, 03:45 PM
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Found these berries today in a lot buy the house. Wondering if some could ID it for me.
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I am thinking ChokeCherry
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Yes, chokecherry. don't eat em or you'll see why on the name. They bloom in the spring with absolutely divine scented flowers. OMG they are sweet smelling. There are a couple of breeds of chokecherry that are edible made into jam but require tons of sugar. Mostly there's more seed in the cherry than meat so they aren't worth doing anything else with.
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I eat them all the time, but yes the fruit to pit ratio makes for a meagre meal. They are choke cherries


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Found these berries today in a lot buy the house. Wondering if some could ID it for me.
Choke Cherries make a fantastic jelly!!!

And were one of the traditional ingredients used in pemmican.
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choke cherry,wild cherry, just be careful processing, make sure no seeds. in the stomach during digestion it can release Cyanide, and the leaves are harmful to Livestock.
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thanks for the ID, wondering why its still covered in fruit. May give it a try. Are there any look alikes to worry about? And when is its normal fruit bearing time? Its december now and its covered in fruit.
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went and picked a few and smashed them gentle, very green on inside with large pit, no The skin peeled off very easy. Smelled very "green" like cut grass.
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Choke cherries will not briq until after a hard frost. Picked after they are a sweet treat.
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No better jam than chokecherry, but I eat lots of them straight from the bush. Don't bother skinning them haven't you heard the old song "Peel Me a Grape". Run them through some kind of berry food processor. Your local farm store will show you what brands work.
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Yeah i picked a few more and its all the same nothing but skin and pit, Zero fruit flesh and very bitter. And it has frosted once a few days ago. Maybe something wrong with the area.
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There is an ornamental that looks like a chokecherry but is totally worthless. Does it seem like this plant could have been planted???
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I believe they are Chokecherries. They are edible when fully ripe and you can make wine from them.. Bears apparently like them too.

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I wonder if you can harvest oil from the seed, I've ate these before, the seed is very hard.
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I wonder if you can harvest oil from the seed, I've ate these before, the seed is very hard.
Not unless you like cyanide. They can be rendered inert but why?

Here's a Ray Mears video that shows a descendant of the Shoshone preparing Choke Cherries for preservation.

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Oil can be used for alot of things. I like to experiment with different types of oil, grease, fat.
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