Wild Cherry....edible?

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  1. gypsymama

    gypsymama Well-Known Member

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    The edge of the woods are filled with dark red cherries as well as yellow ones. Are they edible? So far, what I've read says they are, but I wanted first hand experience.
    Are they good to make jelly out of?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    does the tree have bark that is smooth but peeling, kinda like a birch tree? are the cherries a blush with both red and yellow colors or are they seperate trees?
     

  3. gypsymama

    gypsymama Well-Known Member

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    They are separate trees, one with yellow fruit, one with red. The bark is cherry and the leaves on both trees are the same kind.
     
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    Don't take my word (alone) for it but around here the red ones about the size of your finger are eatable (least i haven't eaten enough to kill me yet) but i don't think the little pea sized ones are.Both trees look very similar but the size of the fruit is much different.Never seen a yellow one.Hum could they be immature fruit? Since there on a separate tree.
     
  5. Tabitha

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    there are yellow cherries, no doubt, my husband used to make wine out of them, very good sherry. The starlings, thrushes etc never touched them, I think they were waiting for them to turn red.
    I do not know of any poisonous cherries. we have some on the premisses that grow in a cluster like currants. the fruit is little, tedious, but tasty, and the birds get them.
     
  6. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The foliage is toxic to livestock.
     
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    there are a couple soft fleshed blush (yellow and red skinned) cherry trees in my neighborhood. i don't really know if they are native or not. i suspect they are just overgrown domestic cherries long forgotten.
     
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    Uncle Will is absolutely correct about the leaves being poisonous to livestock. If you have a tree in or very near a pasture you need to fence around it. Heard somewhere that the pits have a very toxic property. Do not know this for a fact but would not take a chance. Gideon(06)
     
  9. gypsymama

    gypsymama Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all, for your replies! :)

    And thanks about the leaves being poisonous...didn't know that.