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17/08/2013 at 11:20

 Whilst out walking with the dogs I came across this shrub bearing red cherry like fruits.

I have scoured the Internet and cannot seem to find it.

Is it edible?

17/08/2013 at 11:26

That leaf looks like laurel.


17/08/2013 at 11:36

Cherry laurel?  If so, the red fruit turn black and are poisonous!

17/08/2013 at 15:44

dont try looks like laural and the only laural you can use for cooking is the bayand thats useing the leaves all other laurals are poisonous.

17/08/2013 at 15:57

Confusing that Laurus nobils, bay, is never called laurel but all  those things that are prunus or aucuba are called laurel

17/08/2013 at 16:11

I have no idea but if birds have left it alone I wouldn't even touch it.

17/08/2013 at 16:12

I don't think the fruit is poisonous.

Some years ago I thought it was, so tried to find evidence, but could not. Today on the web I can't find any evidence either; in fact, two sites say the fruit IS edible. I am discounting the article in the Daily Mail (17 August 2013) where Monty Don says "every part of the plant is poisonous".

Having said that, the leaves and the pip of the fruit are poisonous.

Do not bother eatng the fruit though; it is insipid and can be bitter.

01/09/2013 at 20:26
01/09/2013 at 20:47

if we called plants by the proper names we wouldn't have so much trouble

01/09/2013 at 20:52

Prorsus adsentior, nut. 

I agree.

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