Wild strawberries-- safe to eat?

deirdre_2007(7)April 26, 2011

I never planted them, but all around my yard, and I mean all around it, we have strawberries growing. They have the red fruit and everything. I wouldn't let my kids eat them because I didn't grow them. Am I being overly protective? I do have a compost pile and birds could have dropped the seeds. What do ya'll think? Two hungry mouths await your response!!

Thank you.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tamelask(z8a NC)

they are fine. True wild strawberries are very soft but delicious. There's a lookalike (waldstonia) that's related and is firmer but has no taste at all. My kids ate enough of them i can definitely say they are just fine. Real strawberries have white blooms, the fake ones have yellow blooms.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 6:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks Tammy. I never saw the blossoms, only the resulting berries. I guess we'll know when we eat them!!!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 8:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

True wild strawberries are pretty uncommon - haven't seen a patch of them in over 40 years. Never seen Waldsteinia in the flesh, but grew up with 'Indian strawberry', Duchesnia indica, growing throughout my backyard; small yellow flowers followed by little red strawberry-looking fruits with no appreciable flavor - we called 'em 'snakeberries'.
Bet that's what you've got.

Here is a link that might be useful: 'Indian Strawberry' - Duchesnia indica

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 4:22PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Errosion on active creek
I need help saving the large trees on the banks of...
Free Talk re Edible Landscaping in Cary
Brie Arthur recently gave a talk at the Rock Garden...
Ralph Whisnant
Fruitmania GS 2015
If you will be in the Charleston SC area on January...
What's this cold doing to my Gardenias
I planted 2 Frost Proof Gardenia's last September....
Gigi z 7B, Upstate SC, USA
butterfly habit Greensboro
Planning a butterfly habitat in Greensboro (church...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™