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choke cherries

July 31st, 2008 at 7:00 am

Down along Kahola Creek at Shepherd’s Valley, there were some choke cherries, ready to eat. They were actually good. Not awful like I remembered them. When I was young, my grandma gave me some – and she cackled when I made a horrible face.


  1. Queen La Tuffa
    July 31st, 2008 at 08:34 | #1

    That is a beautiful picture Cheryl! And now I know what choke cherries look like! I’m sure I’ve seen them before but just didn’t know what they were.

  2. Flips
    July 31st, 2008 at 08:38 | #2

    Years & years ago I use to make choke cherry jelly!!!!!!!

  3. shep
    August 1st, 2008 at 09:22 | #3

    Chokecherries were one of the ingredients in “pemmican,” the Indian trail food. The berries were dried, pounded, and added to smoked meats, and other ingredients to make a dried snack food, especially used in fall and winter when wild edible plants were scarce or unavailable.

    Kahola creek, the location of these berries, is the major encampment location of the Kansa Indians, and the chief had his camp here.

    The berries were especially large and sweet this year, due to the frequent spring rains.