Northern Bushcraft

Chokecherry

  • raw berry has bitter/sour taste.
  • berry can be cooked to improve taste.
  • berry can be crushed or dried whole for storage, with or without pit.
  • edible look-alikes are the Pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica) and Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata).
  • grows in open areas in plains, foothills, and montane regions.
  • warning: do not eat raw or undried seeds; they contain amygdalin which breaks down into cyanide.
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Related topics: Edible Plants of BC - Edible Berries of BC - Edible Mushrooms of BC - Edible Seashore of PNW
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