Hi my 1st post..
Well today ive been out and about collecting berries from the highway
and byways around where i live, i managed to nearly fill a 5ltr bucke
However i came across a few bushes loaded with berries that i though
might be blueberries? i took a twig home to try and identify, any hel
on this one would be great many thanks.
Looks more like bilberry to me. The bilberry leaves have teeth to the
edges, whereas blueberry leaves don't, or at least the blueberry
leaves I am familiar with have smooth edging to them anyway.
I'm sure you can google bilberry or even wikipedia it for a comparison.
Those aren't blueberries (or bilberries). They don't have the blossom
scar you'd see with a Vaccinium sp. fruit.
It looks like it could be some species of buckthorn, though the leaves
seem a little toothier than I'd expect. You definitely wouldn't want
to eat them if it were (strong laxative). I do notice a typical buckthorn
'thorn' just above the topmost berry.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Just a slight correction.
Sloe berries are not used for "making" gin. They are used in the
production of sloe gin which is a deep red coloured liqueur made by
infusing gin with sloe berries and sugar, similar to the method of
making rumtopf with fruit, sugar and rum.
Ross (who likes his gin infused with a little tonic water)
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