Black berries of the bird cherry

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 21.08.2017 - 11:36
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Estonian text published 04.08.2017

Toomingas

Bird cherry

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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.