Japanese Flowering Dogwood. They taste like a pear with sweet, slimy seeds inside. But be careful before you try berries in the wild. Some berries in subgenus Swida are mildly toxic to people, though still eaten by birds.These edible red berries are 2-3 inches and grow on the Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa or Benthamidia kousa), also known as the
And if you're wondering why they are called dogwoods, that's unclear. According to Wikipedia one theory is the slender stems were used to make 'dags' (daggers, skewers, arrows) and the tree was called dagwood and later dogwood. Another theory is the tree was originally called as "dog-tree" in 1548, which later transformed to "dogwood" by 1614 and the fruits were known as dogberries or houndberries.
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