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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Sep 5, 2021 10:24 AM CST
Im guessing no because it looks like Ilex?
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Silversurfer
Sep 5, 2021 11:40 AM CST
Prunus laurocerasus .....common name cherry laurel, common laurel.

Quote wiki....Toxicity
"Leaves and seed may cause severe discomfort to humans if ingested.[19] The seeds contained within the cherries are poisonous like the rest of the plant, containing cyanogenic glycosides and amygdalin.[20] This chemical composition is what gives the smell of almonds when the leaves are crushed. Laurel water, a distillation made from the plant, contains prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) and other compounds and is toxic."

I would never risk eating the berries.
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Sep 5, 2021 11:53 AM CST
Silversurfer said:Prunus laurocerasus .....common name cherry laurel, common laurel.

Quote wiki....Toxicity
"Leaves and seed may cause severe discomfort to humans if ingested.[19] The seeds contained within the cherries are poisonous like the rest of the plant, containing cyanogenic glycosides and amygdalin.[20] This chemical composition is what gives the smell of almonds when the leaves are crushed. Laurel water, a distillation made from the plant, contains prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) and other compounds and is toxic."

I would never risk eating the berries.

Well I wouldnt eat leaves or cherry pits to begin with... and yeah, i know about the poison of cherry pits, almonds etc...
What about the pulp?

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Iochroma
Sep 5, 2021 12:50 PM CST
skopjecollection said:
Well I wouldnt eat leaves or cherry pits to begin with... and yeah, i know about the poison of cherry pits, almonds etc...
What about the pulp?



When I was a kid I ate them all the time, even though they don't taste very good until they're dead ripe, and usually the birds would have cleaned them out by then. Always spit the pits out (at my little brother).
Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Sep 5, 2021 1:00 PM CST
Iochroma said:

When I was a kid I ate them all the time, even though they don't taste very good until they're dead ripe, and usually the birds would have cleaned them out by then. Always spit the pits out (at my little brother).


Im assuming they tasted like bitter cherries or something? sour cherries?

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