Pomes & Berries Gallery:

Summer portraits of
Prunus lusitanica
Portugal Laurel


Portugal Laurel

Portugal Laurel is an evergreen cherry rather than a laurel.
It's spring cherry-blossoms give way to green cherries in early July.

Portugal Laurel

By early August the cherries are turning red.
They aren't ripe until they turn nearly black toward August's end.

Portugal Laurel

In October all the berries are as ripe as they can be. They are
mildly toxic until fully ripe, but when they reach the
shiny black stage they are theoretically edible.
They still taste just dreadful, however, & would need
to be cooked, spiced, & sweetened to be any good.

For more about Portugese Laurel, see the primary
Prunus lusitanica page

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