Chokecherries need more attention!
We have them growing wild all over the place, Prunus virginiana,.. I used to ignore them, not anymore. I think this is a valuable fruit which needs more attention. I have some seedling trees now and since recently I couldn't believe the difference in flavors etc. amongst them. Surprisingly I have tasted one the other day which was nice right off the tree, not heaving a bad choking and tart feeling in your throat,..just a pleasantly eating cherry right off the tree.
One more cherry in my book for foraging!
Have you tasted them lately? There should be several out there which are not bad for eating, [seedling trees from birds].
I guess breeders never really stressed the taste issue since they consider as ornamental trees, ....I'm thinking now of the Schubert Cherry, perhaps we need to consider taste also.
Mind you, nothing wrong with the astringent cherry, they make wonderful Jellies.