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Are these berries safe to eat? - Oregon grape  RSS feed

 
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I was at a local park today and saw these berries.  Does anyone know what they are and if they are safe to eat?
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Those look like tall Oregon grape which is native to western Washington. It is edible though often a bit bitter. I have eaten them raw but people sometimes make jellies out of them or mix them with other berries in things such as fruit leathers. The berries have a fair number of seeds in them in addition to being bitter but my understanding is that they are supposed to be medicinal.

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I concur with Daron. I eat them raw, whenever I am around a bush with ripe fruits in a food forest.
 
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Yes, that's exactly what they look like, Daron.  Thank you both!  I will go back tomorrow and see if they are too sour for me.  ;)  I am going to make some blueberry-chia jam soon and might add some.
 
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I currently have access to a large amount of ripe Mahonia Aquifolium berries (Oregon Grape). Does anyone know how safe it may be to eat the berries in moderately large quantities on a regular basis? Including ingesting the seeds? Specifically, I have in mind mixing about a half cup or more in with my oatmeal every morning for at least a week. After preparing the oatmeal- mixing the 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup berries, and 2 TBSP ground flax, adding plenty of boiling water to fill up to the top of the food, covering, and waiting 15 minutes- the berries end up not being terribly bitter.
 
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The whole plant is incredibly medicinal, I think in particular the roots. They're pretty prolific where I lived in extreme nor cal, and often times have a pretty good yield of berries for such a small plant.

My intuition tells me that they are good for your gut microbes and that they help condition a healthy digestive tract.

Not exactly a yummy fruit, but I eat them for,my health when I see them.

Kind of like eating flavorless, but slightly bitter pomegranate kernels.

The bitterness is likely the medicinal compounds
 
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