Friday, 11 November 2016


Yew (Taxus baccata)

Yew is a shrub or small tree. Big old tree can growing up to 15 meters, but it is rare. Yew was used to make bows and instruments. Large trees were in Europe cut for wood.

Yew provides food for birds. His red fruits are edible and tasty. People can also eat the fruit of yew, but you must spit out black seed from the middle of the fruit. It is important be careful not to chew seeds. One chewed seed will not kill you, but the whole plant is poisonous. Wood, needles, twigs of yew are poisonous, seeds are also poisonous. The red part of fruit is the only eatable part of the yew.

You can also swallow the seed, if you do not chew it. Not chewed seed is resistant to digestive enzymes. Seed go not damaged by the whole entire intestine.

Red part of fruit, is called cover, and it is tasty, red, sweet, slightly fruity aroma. If the fruit is large and growing at sun light it can have a very pleasant taste.

Yew fruits appear attractive especially in late autumn, when there are no other fruits in the fields and forests.

Bon Appetit!

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