Whilst out walking with the dogs I came across this shrub bearing red cherry like fruits.

I have scoured the Internet and cannot seem to find it.

Is it edible?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,046

    That leaf looks like laurel.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,802

    Cherry laurel?  If so, the red fruit turn black and are poisonous!


    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • dont try it.it looks like laural and the only laural you can use for cooking is the bayand thats useing the leaves all other laurals are poisonous.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,046

    Confusing that Laurus nobils, bay, is never called laurel but all  those things that are prunus or aucuba are called laurel

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    I have no idea but if birds have left it alone I wouldn't even touch it.image

  • PeterE17PeterE17 Posts: 129

    I don't think the fruit is poisonous.

    Some years ago I thought it was, so tried to find evidence, but could not. Today on the web I can't find any evidence either; in fact, two sites say the fruit IS edible. I am discounting the article in the Daily Mail (17 August 2013) where Monty Don says "every part of the plant is poisonous".

    Having said that, the leaves and the pip of the fruit are poisonous.

    Do not bother eatng the fruit though; it is insipid and can be bitter.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,046

    if we called plants by the proper names we wouldn't have so much trouble

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Prorsus adsentior, nut. 

    I agree.

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