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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
There has been a major setback in my wildcrafting efforts. This is NOT a Choke Cherry tree. I know that now because I see it does not have fine toothed edges on the leaves and the fruits have seeds, not a pit. I didn't identify this plant correctly until after I had consumed some of the jelly that didn't quite fit in the jars of "choke cherry " jelly I made and labeled proudly. No, this is a Buckthorn and it is described as a cathartic, it has properties which empty the bowels. So basically, I made a jelly that gives you diarrhea. Special.