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Chokecherries an Edible Fruit

The chokecherry or prunus virginiana is said to be the most widespread tree in North America.  It is found from Newfoundland to British Colombia, through all but the most northern areas.  It ranges as far south as Georgia and in the Rockies through southern Arizona and New Mexico. The chokecherries of the Southwest are said to be darker in color and less astringent.

Native American tribes of the Northern Rockies, Northern Plains, the forest region of Canada and the United States, considered chokecherries as the most important fruit in their diets.  The bark from the chokecherry root was used as used to ward off or treat colds, fever and stomach maladies by Native Americans. …

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