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World's Most Poisonous Berries Uses and Symptoms

Berries are important food source both for humans and animals. There are several species of berries worldwide. Oftentimes, these berries are colorful and attractive. There are numerous edible berries but there are also poisonous or toxic. Of these toxic berries, some can be very fatal and can cause death – both to humans and animals while some animals are immune to the toxin the contain.

Berries such as strawberry, mulberry, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, raspberry and many other varieties are among the most popular berries in the world.

Berries are important food source both for humans and animals. There are several species of berries worldwide. Oftentimes, these berries are colorful and attractive. There are numerous edible berries but there are also poisonous or toxic. Of these toxic berries, some can be very fatal and can cause death – both to humans and animals while some animals are immune to the toxin the contain.

Here are some of the most toxic berries in the world you should refrain from eating. Although these berries are poisonous, they are still useful and important somehow. Keep scrolling down...

Wild Arum (Arum Maculatum)

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Wild Arum or Arum maculatum is one of the most unusual plants in the world and is well known for its peculiar flower and berries.

Common names:

Adam and Eve, Bobbins, Cows and Bulls, Cuckoo-pint, Devils and Angels, Lords and Ladies, Naked Boys, Starch Roots and Wake Robin

Distribution:

Temperate Europe

Toxicity:

The attractive red berries of Wild Arum are extremely poisonous and contain oxalates of saponins

Symptoms:

Swelling of throat, burning pain, difficulty breathing and upset stomach

Uses:

Grown as ornamental plant for the cluster of bright red berries

Roots are roasted and ground and made into sago

European Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

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European Holly or Ilex aquifolium is another plant that bear bright red but poisonous berries.

Common names:

Holly, European Holly

Origin:

Africa, Asia, Europe

Toxicity:

The berries are generally slightly toxic

Symptoms:

Causes vomiting and diarrhea when ingested

Use:

The berries are important food source for birds and other animals

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

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Origin:

Africa, Asia, Europe

Toxicity:

The berries of Asparagus are poisonous

Use:

  • It is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop. Young Asparagus shoots are eaten.
  • It helps dissolve uric acid and is a good diuretic
  • The water from cooking asparagus helps clean blemishes on the face

Doll's Eyes (Actaea pachypoda)

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Common names:

Doll's Eyes or White Baneberry

Toxicity:

The berries are highly toxic including all other parts of the plant. The berries, the most poisonous part, contain cardiogenic toxins.

Symptoms:

Ingestion of the berries results in cardiac arrest and death.

Use:

Food source to birds because the berries are harmless to them

See also

World’s Most Poisonous Flowers Toxicity and Symptoms II

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Comments (2)

Very interesting and useful and lovely pictures too.But unfortunately, these berries are toxic and harmful.It is strange.Thanks

I enjoyed the article and pictures. In Tennessee where I live, I often see berries growing that I wonder about. I guess some things are really for the birds.

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