I recently read that fuschia berries are edible. Does anyone know anything about this? Has anyone tried them?
Here is a link that might be useful: fuschia berries
some of the berries are acidic and leave your tongue furry - some are quite sweet - the only way to find out is to nibble.
specialist Fuschia nurseries will be able to help you with the sweeter edible varieties.
Thanks, I was afraid to try them without more confirmation, but after reading the replies, and the link you provided, daisyduckworth, I went out and tasted mine and they were quite sweet and nice. I'll have to try them in cooking next. Thanks again.
The Maoris of New Zealand gathered the berries of Fuchsia excorticata (Tree Fuchsia/kotukutuku/konini).
Fuchsia flowers are also edible - imagine a salad decorated with Fuchsia!
NB! It's Fuchsia and not Fuschia (or is this an accepted common spelling over there?)
No, you're right about the spelling--I spelled it wrong and I guess everybody else followed my lead. Thanks for the note about the flowers--they're going in my next salad! (I can see I'm going to have to plant more fuchsias.)
Pfaf.org has a list of the better fuchsia for eating, they may also have other articles on fuchsia in the site that I haven't checked.
I've only tried one fuchsia berry so far from a plant growing locally (probably a procumbens cultivar)and liked it enough to start collecting plants myself. So far I have Boliviana/corymbiflora, coccinea, excorticata (seeds), magellanica, procumbens and splendens.
I wouldn't put them quite on a par with commercial fruits from the berry I tried but it was far from disagreable and I've yet to try the best forms.