Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Tuesday, 30 September 2008

I saw a bush in our backyard loaded with berries that looked a lot like chokecherries...but when I went to pick them, they didn't look quite right so I decided to check up on them.

Here's what Chokecherries look like:

chokecherry, Prunus virginiana  (Rosales: Rosaceae)

Magnoliopsida > Rosales > Rosaceae
Prunus virginiana L.

Photographer: Richard Old, XID Services, Inc., United States
Descriptor: Fruit(s)
Image taken in: United States


And here's what I had in my back yard:

common buckthorn Fruit(s)

common buckthorn
Rhamnus cathartica L.
Photo by Jan Samanek


As you can see...very different.  I just thought that the buckthorn were Chokecherries because it had been so long since I last picked them.  As as soon as I saw the pictures of the real thing...I couldn't believe I had mistaken them for chokecherries!

Chokecherries make a delicious syrup for pancakes or a wonderful jelly for bread...

Common Buckthorn, however, is a medicinal herb that is used to cure constipation, and can cause painful cramping, nausea, vomiting, and red or orange urine.


When in doubt, make sure to double check before you pick wild produce...even if you've been doing it all of your life!

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:43:09 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 21:24:54 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
You have to admit that they do look similar. Don't feel bad. At least you didn't make several pints of stomach-wrenching toast toppings!
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 07:04:41 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Hey, they don't look ALL THAT different. I would only know by looking at the leaves.
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