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Stinley's avatar

Is this berry edible?

Asked by Stinley (11505points) August 23rd, 2015 from iPhone

I found lots of these growing wild. I’m in western France. They are growing in thickets of brambles and are small trees or very large bushes. Can I make pie?

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jca's avatar

If I were you, I’d actually feel safer asking a neighbor who knows the berries firsthand, rather than taking advice from the internet. From a safety standpoint, I would be cautious and therefore, feel neighbors would know better.

Coloma's avatar

Intriguing! Yes, I’m with @jca
Surely someone in the area can ID them for you.
They almost look like plums from the leaves, but I am assuming they are small like Blueberry size?

Lightlyseared's avatar

I’d hazard a guess they’re bilberries. But like the others have suggested I’d ask someone local before I ate them.

Stinley's avatar

I asked Facebook too. Apparently they are sloes. Just need to get some gin then I’ll be sorted…

kritiper's avatar

Do any animals eat the berries? If so, they should be all right.

wildpotato's avatar

^^ Not true whatsoever. Many animals – birds, rabbits – eat pokeberries but a few handfuls will kill a human. My goats happily chow down poison ivy. Hell, I’ve even seen them munch a few mouthfuls of lily-of-the-valley before I pulled them away. There are many more examples. Foraging wild foods can be quite rewarding, but one must do so safely, only by confident identification of specific characteristics of known, pre-researched plants and fungi or on a tour with an expert in the field.

kritiper's avatar

^Well berries and poison ivy don’t look the same. But, as a general rule, if the animals (squirrels, rabbits, deer) eat them, they are probably OK to eat. The pioneers knew that as well as the Boy Scouts, and survivalists. But if in doubt, check it out. Murphy’s Law is ALWAYS in effect!

Coloma's avatar

I used to have rabbits that had free range time in my yard years ago and they ate copious amounts of fallen Oleander blossoms from a monster red Oleander in my yard. Apparently they knew the flowers were not poisonous but the leaves and branches sure are. Nobody ever died.

wildpotato's avatar

@kritiper Poison ivy has berries. Also, you are wrong. Please stop spreading this false and dangerous information.

kritiper's avatar

@wildpotato Sorry. Only stating what I have read as fact.

wildpotato's avatar

@kritiper Gotcha. Claims without citations; kind of a dangerous pastime round these parts. Though not as dangerous as perpetuating a myth that could lead to someone’s death. Do you remember where you read this?

And I have to wonder – with the high level of risk involved, why not just play it safe and stop making this claim? Surely you can’t disagree with one of the points made in the second article I linked – that even if you see an animal you judge to be in good health eating an unknown berry, it might crawl off and die after you stop watching or can’t see it anymore…?

Stinley's avatar

I made pie with the blackberries we picked

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