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What is this berry tree

 
Jeffrey Hodgins
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Can anyone tell me what kind of berry I have here. They are very sweet with no after taste. I want the botanical name. The site says red juniper but the wiki says that it is something else.
http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/11691/11691,1128164362,2/stock-photo-red-juniper-592485.jpg
 
tel jetson
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looks like yew (genus Taxus) to me. don't eat the seed. seriously. don't eat the seed.
 
tel jetson
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and if you did swallow a seed, I recommend doing your darnedest to vomit it back up immediately.
 
Alison Thomas
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I agree with tel. Highly poisonous.
 
Tyler Ludens
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Apparently the flesh of the yew berry is edible but all other parts of the plant are very toxic, so it is not considered safe to eat.

http://webecoist.com/2008/09/16/16-most-unassuming-yet-lethal-killer-plants/
 
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Taxus baccata fruit meat is edible, the rest of the tree is toxic. one of the best woods for longbows
 
Dale Hodgins
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Does anyone remember when Brian accidentally brought forth juniper berries in the Monty Python movie, Life of Brian? Maybe the old crazy guy wasn't crazy at all. He was suffering the ill effects of having poisoned himself with the seeds.
 
Jeffrey Hodgins
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If you were to swallow a seed whole I don't think you could digest it so the toxin would probably pass right thru. anyway I ate about 100 berries today, yum. Keep out of reach from children might be a good lable.
 
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Berry tree is one of fruit tree.Which available in USA and Europe country.
 
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Graveyards around churches in the UK are always planted with yew, supposedly because it was toxic enough that it discouraged the locals from sneakily grazing their animals on all the free grass.

Somwhere, stuck in the back of a friend's garage a thousand miles away, there is a piece of yew that my ex cut when he helped out on a churchyard clean up many many years ago, put on one side just in case we ever had a kid. Now that kid is 16 and is ready to build a longbow. Think I better get in touch with that friend...
 
tel jetson
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Jeffrey Hodgins wrote:If you were to swallow a seed whole I don't think you could digest it so the toxin would probably pass right thru. anyway I ate about 100 berries today, yum. Keep out of reach from children might be a good lable.


this is true for birds, but not for mammals. mammals easily break down the seed coat and release some very nasty toxins. the flesh is fine, just remove the seed first.
 
Kay Bee
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technically it is an "aril" instead of a berry when it is on a yew tree. delicious but dangerous to humans
 
Xisca Nicolas
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tel jetson wrote:
Jeffrey Hodgins wrote:If you were to swallow a seed whole I don't think you could digest it so the toxin would probably pass right thru. anyway I ate about 100 berries today, yum. Keep out of reach from children might be a good lable.


this is true for birds, but not for mammals. mammals easily break down the seed coat and release some very nasty toxins. the flesh is fine, just remove the seed first.


Normally, I agree with Tel, but as Jeffrey seems to be still alive,
then can you tell us if you did swallow the seeds while eating 100 arils,
or did you spit them out?
 
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