When can you pick chokecherries?

In most locations, chokecherry season is Mid-August to early September. If you pick unripe fruit, you’re not doing the plant or yourself any favors.

How do I know when chokecherries are ripe?

The plants stand out in the landscape when they’re in bloom, so make a note when you pass a good clump, and check back in late summer or early fall. Chokecherry fruit will be red in mid-summer, but usually takes a month or more to fully ripen to a dark purple color.

Can you eat raw chokecherries?

Use: The chokecherry is mostly to tart to eat raw, but makes a good jelly. DO NOT EAT WILTED LEAVES OR FRESH SEEDS. They contain cyanide, but cooking the fruit will rid it of the cyanide.

What is the difference between chokecherry and chokeberry?

Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana, is a native plant that suckers and grows rapidly. One way that chokecherry is different from chokeberry is that the fruit of chokecherry turns black as they mature, whereas red chokeberry fruits stay red through development. Chokeberries are also much more tart than chokecherries are.

How do you remove a chokecherry pit?

Wash and de-stem the chokecherries. Add chokecherries to water and bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer. Stir occasionally. Boil until seeds fall out.

Are Chokeberries poisonous to humans?

Like cherries and apricots, it’s not the flesh or skin of the fruit that’s toxic; instead, it’s the seed or pit. Chokecherries contain amygdalin, which the body converts into cyanide, a deadly poison, which is why people don’t generally eat cherry pits.

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