berry ID.

jostus(7)August 18, 2014

Can someone tell me what fruit this is? It's growing on the side of the road. It looks to be struggling .

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Bradybb(wa8)

The berry looks like Aronia,but don't eat any yet until it's positively identified. Brady

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:02AM
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lucky_p

Looks like Aronia to me, to - berry and leaf.
I'd sample one. Heck, one berry ain't likely to kill ya.
Commonly known as chokeberry - and for a reason. All I've had occasion to sample had some astringency - but they do make a nice vodka infusion - though there's still a nice bitter bite to it.

This post was edited by lucky_p on Tue, Aug 19, 14 at 13:46

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:44PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

How do you know one berry won't kill you? If it's poisonous it could.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:50PM
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lucky_p

zackey,
There are no fruits/berries THAT poisonous here, if anywhere.
Tasty...unlikely to be toxic. Bland/tasteless, or bitter/unpalatable - may or may not be toxic.

I'm a lifelong plantophile, and devotee of edible landscaping, as well as a veterinary pathologist with particular interest in toxic plants. I'm not scared to taste a berry or fruit. You don't have to, though, if you don't care to.

Mushrooms, on the other hand... if it's not a morel or puffball, I'm not picking and eating it, even though there are other edible ones out there - I'm not comfortable with my mycological ID skills - and I've seen what the poisonous ones will do...

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:48PM
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