Bitter cherries

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Bitter cherries

Post: #238259 MClan
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:10 am

We have a cherry tree nearby but the fruit was horrendously bitter. Please tell me that I didn't try to poison myself (or my son whom I am still breastfeeding) and is there anything to be done with it or do I just need to find some sweet ones if the birds haven't had them all! Karen

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Re: Bitter cherries

Post: #239276 TheTweedCat
Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:39 pm

If you're lucky it might be a morello cherry tree, they're mostly too sour to eat (even the very ripe ones taste like those sour cherry sweets) but they make lovely sauces, cordial, cherry brandy, pies, jam, wine, etc. My dad has a tree and we have just exchanged a day's picking labour for a few kilos of cherries!

You could try identifying it with this guide: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/resources-rx/files ... -64272.pdf

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Re: Bitter cherries

Post: #240022 MClan
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:59 pm

Thanks for that. Sadly there are none left but they were bitter rather than sour. I'm very envious of your load of cherries though!

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Re: Bitter cherries

Post: #259561 Ash Blue
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:07 pm

Wild cherry (Prunus avium) contains hydrogen cyanide. It's in very small doses, but the bitter taste is more of it. So it's better to avoid the bitter ones.

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Re: Bitter cherries

Post: #259563 British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:58 pm

All members of the prunus family (plums, sloes, gages, cherries ) contain cyanogenic glycosides in the foliage pips and stones. So do apples! You would have to eat a LOT to cause any ill effect though (of stones or foliage)

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Re: Bitter cherries

Post: #260390 Somnophore
Sun May 13, 2012 9:45 pm

I have been looking for nice wild cherries for last couple of years, found one tree but hard to pick as very tall.

Most cherries are bird cherries a not edible (not poisonous just taste horrible) and are planted for orimental purposes, largely only tell by tasting whether they are edible or not.


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