Asked on Jun 18, 2013

Local plant or bush

RichMarilyn Highley


We have a bush that grows here in the Mohawk Valley in NY. I was told that it is a wild currant and that they were poisonous. Someone else told me they were turkey berries and they are edible. They grow on a bush similar to a blueberry bush and they look like blueberries except they are a red berry and they grow on a single stem per berry. I don't have any pics yet but will try to get some and post them. If you know the plant, please give me some info on it.
3 answers
  • Marilyn Highley
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Without pictures, it's impossible to know, but here is a link on identifying currants. Real currants are not poisonous or my family would have been long gone before I ever came along. :-) However, currants have more than one berry per stem, so that doesn't sound like your plant.

  • Rich
    on Jun 21, 2013

    I was describing a bush that I had seen a long time ago. So my memory failed me. I thank you for the link. It is very informative. I will post some pics in the early fall when they are ripe so you can see them. I had tasted one berry and it had a nice sweetness to it. And no ill effects.

  • Rich
    on Jul 1, 2013

    Need to wait until the bush blossoms and get pictures.

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