PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Cornelian Cherry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Cornus mas / Cornaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

acid/plum

RAW/DRY/COOK

Sep

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

coffee

ROAST

Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Fruit - raw, dried or used in preserves. Juicy, with a nice acid flavour. The fully ripe fruit has a somewhat plum-like flavour and texture and is very nice eating, but the unripe fruit is rather astringent. It is rather low in pectin and so needs to be used with other fruit when making jam. At one time the fruit was kept in brine and used like olives. The fruit is a reasonable size, up to 15mm long, with a single large seed. A small amount of edible oil can be extracted from the seeds. Seeds are roasted, ground into a powder and used as a coffee substitute.(1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Astringent;  Febrifuge;  Nutritive. The bark and the fruit are astringent, febrifuge and nutritive. The astringent fruit is a good treatment for bowel complaints and fevers, whilst it is also used in the treatment of cholera. The flowers are used in the treatment of diarrhoea.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Astringent;  Febrifuge;  Nutritive. The bark and the fruit are astringent, febrifuge and nutritive. The astringent fruit is a good treatment for bowel complaints and fevers, whilst it is also used in the treatment of cholera. The flowers are used in the treatment of diarrhoea.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Cornus+mas
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornus_mas
  3. http://uncommonfruit.cias.wisc.edu/cornelian-cherry
  4. https://druidgarden.wordpress.com/category/fruit