edible berries?

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by Rouen, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Rouen

    Rouen Well-Known Member

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    we have a plant in our yard that has leaves like a grape but not as much wedge between the forks of the leaf, has a pinkish purple flower and gets a red berry that looks like a raspberry, any ideas? they seem to grow wild.
     
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    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    is it a vine or is it a bramble?
     

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    Google Rubus odoratus (flowering raspberry).
     
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    Like Wood said, sounds like thimbleberry
     
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    Wow what a great site that is T. I just spent an hour there and even submitted new info for them.
     
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    Rouen Well-Known Member

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    It's the Rubus odoratus
    the only thing not answered by that site is - is it edible?

    thanks for the help.
     
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    As far as I know all the rubus species are edible.

    In the US, the number of native non-mushroom plants that can actually kill you in small doses is extremely small and includes plants like foxglove, datura, and castor bean. The rest usually give you stomach upset for a few days, though a few have other, dangerous effects like making your tongue swell up. If you cannot find a reference to give you a certain answer, try eating *one* berry, then wait several hours. If you have no bad reaction, eat a small number of berries and wait a day. If you still have no bad reaction, it is probably okay to eat, at least in modest quantities.

    If you taste it and it tastes bad, then stop. Who wants to know if a bad-tasting berry is edible anyway?

    Don't do this with mushrooms--it can take up to 2 days to see a reaction to a mushroom, and the reaction can be complete liver failure requiring a transplant to survive.

    I'd be really surprised if there were a problem with a rubus, unless it were an allergy.