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Purple-ish berry identification

Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and wanted to learn about some berries I have found in my garden.
I have uploaded a picture below; could anyone help identify these mystery berries and clarify if they are edible or not? 



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,104
    edited May 2019
    They're from the Mahonia shrub - as far as a I know they're not edible

    oops - apparently the berries are edible but do contain toxins - if you can bear the taste :)
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,773
    edited May 2019
    I believe those are Mahonia berries. :)
    PS: although some may be edible, I wouldn't recommend eating them:

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,159
    Leave them to ripen.  They'll go much darker and stay attractive a long time and the birds will really appreciate them.
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  • Hi all,

    Thank you for the responses and tips, I will leave them to ripen for the birds :)

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