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Bay Tree Berries
Sat 17-Dec-11
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paperman
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The Bay tree has got small black olive looking berries. Can I do anything with them ?

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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You might be able to grow new trees from them but I don't think that they are edible...

I'll try that again!

Sat 17-Dec-11
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I had a look on the internet and got confusing messages, just hoped someone might know, I read that they can be used in cooking on one site and on another they can be used as an astringent, take your pick...

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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Chris, I misread your topic title as eBay Tree Berries and though that you were pointing us towards a bargain!

Must check our bay tree tomorrow. I will ask Fiona about them.

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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Thanks Danny, yes there are berries, loads of them on the bay tree and they look to good to waste but can find nothing conclusive on the Internet so would appreciate Fiona's guidance. Thanks.....

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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sadly Danny I think they are poisonous, I just types in a different heading on google and it seems to be that way. Would be interested in what Fiona says though. Cheers..

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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Member of the Laurel family, which are poisonous,  thumbs_down  so I would view with caution.  Out of boredom I googled and came up with the following:

 

As with the common Laurel, the Bay tree will produce small inedible berries that turn black when ripe. For berries to develop on mature specimens it is necessary to have a male and female tree as the sexual parts of the flowers are on different trees, although, the only purpose for this would be propagation as Bays are grown for their edible leaves.

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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Yep, got all that too but then have this also:

 

Medicinally, it has antiseptic properties and is also said to help digestion, if taken as a weak infusion. The berries can also be used to make an infusion that can help treat flu and bronchitis.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6182333

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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Think that is a different species

 

California bay tree Umbellularia californica as opposed to Mediterranean bay Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae  which is more common in this country.

 

But then again I may be wrong.   Unusual as I'm a female but remotely possible.   runaway

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Original Redhead said:

   runaway

 . . is the correct response, Red. big_laugh

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Chris, Fiona knows nothing of these. Sorry.

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Danny thanks for asking. I am going to ignore them, there are various suggestions on the Internet although the majority say poison etc. so on balance I think we will plead the 5th amendment and do nothing.

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Mon 19-Dec-11
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I have always believed they are poisonous as well Chris

Tue 20-Dec-11
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Don't eat them.Leave them for the birds,who adore them...bay smells good, the leaves are useful, but the berries,avoid!

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KateUK said:

Don't eat them.Leave them for the birds,who adore them...bay smells good, the leaves are useful, but the berries,avoid!

Berry Good advice Kate.   devil

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