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Taxus baccata MHNT.jpg   

 

NAME: Yew

SPECIES / FAMILY Taxus baccata / Taxaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  English Yew, Common Yew

CONDITIONS:
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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sweet&slimy

RAW

Fall

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT: Pop the seed out before you eat this fruit.  Yews can be trimmed as a bush or a tree. // Fruit - raw. Very sweet and gelatinous, most people find it delicious though some find it sickly. A number of people who like the flavour do not like the texture which is often described as being 'snotty'.(1)
 

CAUTION: MUST NOT EAT SEED! All parts of the plant, except the flesh of the fruit, are highly poisonous, having a paralyzing affect on the heart. Poisoning symptoms are dry mouth, vomiting, vertigo, abdominal pain, dyspnoea, arrhythmias, hypotension & unconsciousness.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Autumn Olive

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Fuel;  Hedge;  Hedge;  Incense;  Insecticide;  Wood.(1)

 

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

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Taxus+baccata

  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus_baccata

  3. http://www.eattheweeds.com/yew