OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Thursday, November 6

#6564

QUESTION: Are we allowed to eat the fruits on the trees around campus and also beside sidewalks?

Near where I live there are bunch of trees with red berries. Most of the berries just rots on the pavement and it pains me to see them wasted.

Also I'm not sure who owns the trees.

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  1. Are they edible berries? If they're poisonous, I'd rather not see your dead body on the front page of Imprint.

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    1. Maybe I need sleep but I laughed out loud for 15 seconds reading this. It was just too easy to picture the headline...not that hunger on campus is a laughing matter.

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    2. Me too! I almost responded with something like that, but then I thought "Naw, people aren't really stupid enough to eat fruit without knowing what it is."

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  2. LOL make sure they're actually edible

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  3. those little apples from a tree outside the UWP southeastern building are damn yummy, and no tummy aches

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  4. If you see birds eating the berries, it usually means they are safe to eat.

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    1. ^NOT TRUE. There are a lot of things birds can eat that we can't. For example, birds can eat buckthorn berries (dark berries that grow on trees) but if people eat them it will give you purple diarrhea.

      Please do not eat random berries from trees unless you're sure of what they are. Some red berries are poisonous to humans.

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    2. Exactly. There's tons of stuff animals have evolved to eat that we can't. I've seen vultures eating rotting roadkill but that doesn't mean I'm gonna give it a try.

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  5. Rule of thumb: If you don't know if it is poisonous, don' eat it. Buy a guide to eating in the wild if you really want to eat random berries. But also think of why they just fall off and rot. When I go camping, the wild berries that are safe and taste good are rare because the birds eat all of them. But as someone else said, just because the birds eat them, doesn't mean they are safe, but if birds avoid them, so should you.

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  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AuLkMBAFZg

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  7. Goddamnit don't eat the crab apples. Leave them to ferment and watch the geese get drunk eating them off the ground instead.

    Outside of EV3 (right beside Williams) there's a blueberry bush that produces berries every summer. Absolutely delicious, and I've never seen anyone stopped/have never been stopped when eating berries off the trees.

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    1. And once the geese are drunk, we can sneak up behind them and snap their necks.

      Just like how I pick up other chicks

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  8. If it's crabapples, nobody will care if you take them. You will quickly find out though that they're full of weevils, grubs and eggs and you'll save a lot more time just buying some that have been cultivated.
    If it's "red berries" on other trees, you'd better know what you're eating because some will cause severe intestinal upset or worse.

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