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Are berries from the Bush Honeysuckle edible? I have read that birds do, in fact, eat, and disperse seeds of the berries. but, of the dozen or so wild plant books consulted, only one, makes mention of using them for human consumption. The book is-- Wild Preserves Illustrated Recipes for over 100 Natural Jams and Jellies. The author is Joe Freitus J. Elliott


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Dear Jon,

Some honeysuckles are edible but others are poisonous. Some berries that birds eat are poisonous to humans. Unless you have an expert at a USDA cooperative extension check them out, I would advise against eating honeysuckle berries.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8513.html

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.



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