One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American cherry with an edible astringent fruit that is more palatable when cooked.
Prunus virginiana, family Rosaceae
- ‘They picked wild service berries, choke cherries, and buffalo or bull berries in the fall, and gathered the bark of the cottonwood tree, enjoying its sweet interior.’
- ‘The choke cherries are too puckery to be eaten raw.’
- ‘Over the past two years, the prototype harvester has also been tested in saskatoons and choke cherries.’
- ‘They hang out where it is cool, usually near water in the early fall, and eat choke cherries and berries where they can.’
- ‘Any help greatly appreciated, especially since the choke cherries are out of the freezer and totally defrosted now!’
- ‘Picking choke cherries is easy, because they grow in big clusters and your bucket will fill up fast.’
- ‘We hand pick choke cherries, cook them down, remove the seeds and skins, and use the pulp to create this tasty jam.’
- ‘It's also known as choke cherry because of the bitterness of the berries.’
- ‘Astringency is removed by cooking, and choke cherries make tasty pie-fillings, sauces and wine.’
- ‘The small black cherries resemble choke cherry fruits & just like choke cherries are inaccurately regarded as toxic, or have been mistaken for toxic because true laurels are toxic.’
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