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PostSun Nov 04, 2018 1:32 pm 
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I've been seeing these for years around my neighborhood, never knew what they were.  A couple minutes of googling gave me an answer.  They are edible apparently.  Might have to try one next time I'm out walking.  Doesn't seem like anyone harvests them, just see a bunch of them fallen to the ground.  They are really soft and squish easily.

https://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Strawberry_Tree_10303.php
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PostSun Nov 04, 2018 4:28 pm 
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I tried it.  Very mild flavor, not much to it.  A little sweet.  Not an instant favorite, but I've been curious about those for years.  Now I know.
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PostSun Nov 04, 2018 4:39 pm 
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My wife and I were just wondering this on a walk a few days ago.  Thanks for the report, I'll have to try some.  "...overripe fruit ferments on the branch and can cause mild intoxication" - maybe a supplemental report is in order?

Apparently there are other Strawberry Trees - Arbutus menziesii (madrona) and Muntingia calabura in addition to your Arbutus unedo.  All reportedly edible.  None sound as tasty as the Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava) I'm growing here though.
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PostSun Nov 04, 2018 5:58 pm 
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Either they weren't fermented, or I needed a bigger dosage.  No intoxication to report here.
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PostSun Nov 04, 2018 11:00 pm 
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We have one in our front yard. I noticed there was some fruit on it for the first time today, way before I read this thread. Small world. I'll try the fruit tomorrow.

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PostSun Nov 11, 2018 8:40 pm 
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neek wrote:
None sound as tasty as the Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava) I'm growing here though.

I had a Chilean guava growing in my yard for a couple of years, until it died in the cold one winter.  I found the fruit a little mealy but it had a neat bubblegum-like flavor.

Although one of its common names is "strawberry myrtle", the Chilean guava is from a different family (Myrtaceae - myrtle family) than the "strawberry tree" discussed above, which in the Ericaceae (the heath family, which includes blueberries, huckleberry, rhododendron, salal and madrone, among other local plants).
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PostSun Nov 11, 2018 10:38 pm 
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Another tasty fall treat that many people don't know about.

http://www.eattheplanet.org/kousa-dogwood-fruit/

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