Bird cherry Harilik toomingas Padus avium
From the white, strongly scented inflorescences black berries have ripened, some leaves have become reddish-coloured – time seems to fly …
The black drupes of the cherry look like small plums and the fruit flesh is edible: a little sour, with a quite high content of Vitamin C and a stopping effect on the bowels. Some even like such fruits with a high content of tannic acids that make the mouth seem furry.
The seeds of the berries contain amygdalin, the substance harmful to humans, but even if you happen to swallow a seed nothing terrible will happen because the seed will not decompose in our digestive tract.
But if someone would be interested in preparing a refreshing drink or a sweet course from bird cherry fruits they should always avoid crushing the seeds.