So it’s been a banner year for chokecherries.
Seriously, the tree is full.
Since I’ve always wondered why the birds never ate them, I did a little research.
And discovered that even though you can make jam with them….
They’re full of cyanide!
13 thoughts on “Cyanide anyone…?”
Maybe that explains my anti-social tendencies. I ate ’em by the handful and loved the astringent puckering and throat numbing.
A little puckering never hurts…
Does Fred know? Was it really a heart attack he had? I heard you were nicknamed the ‘possible black widow of Maine’! LOL
I may have inadvertently dropped a few in his salad….
Will be watching Fred carefully now………………
No worries, he’s safe. But it’s rather nice to know you have a poison supply readily available should the need arise. (o;
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Send me some ‘jam’?
how would one get the cyanide out to make a jam, or does the cooking process take care of that…
According to the experts….
“Most parts of chokecherry are toxic to humans and livestock. Digestion of chokecherry seeds, leaves, twigs and bark by enzymes in the stomach releases cyanide (also called hydrocyanic or prussic acid). Cyanide poisoning can occur with fresh, bruised, wilted or dried foliage. It is possible for a person or animal to die of cyanide poisoning if not treated within minutes of ingestion. Cases of poisoning in livestock have been reported. However, it is not usual for such poisonings to occur at times when other, more palatable forage is available. Cases of poisoning have been reported for children who chewed on twigs, or ate the cherries without discarding the pits. The fleshy portion of the chokecherry fruit is not poisonous and can be safely eaten, although it is extremely tart. It is frequently combined with other types of fruit to make pies and jellies.”
so why did birds know this and humans don’t…LOL
Lots of dead bird relatives…?
guess you’d have to possess a bird brain to know…LOL…have a gr8 day!
Taking notes and making jam! ‘im indoors better watch his step heh heh heh
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