Sep. 20, 2017

choke cherry, Prunus virginiana

Be glad for the supermarkets! Choke cherries were once the most common fruit eaten by Indians. And remember, they had limited sources of sweeteners. Choke cherry earns its name. But they grow in many habitats and produce a lot of fruit. They also don't grow very tall (up to 16 feet), so they're easy to get. These days they're still common and easy to grow, but I don't know anyone who eats them. Choke cherry grows in every state except AL, FL, HI, LA, MS, and SC, in every province except LB and YT, and on SPM. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/21/11.