Since trying some chokecherry preserve I decided to get a tree. I started paying attention and it looks like around where I work there are all over the place. Sweet; I can engage in the life of crime I always wanted and steal a bunch of cuttings and/or seeds. There’s a small problem… there seems to be two different trees, or at the very least two varieties of chokecherries. I’m not sure so I figure I would come here and ask.
The first one I think has to be the right tree. The fruit is larger (compared to the other one. Large pit to flesh ratio. The flesh is chewy. The skin is very dark red. almost black. And the astringency… it doesn’t taste bad but it wrinkles the inside of your mouth as if you were eating green crabapples. No sweetness to speak of but that’s why God invented sugar.
The other one has smaller fruit, smaller pit, and it tastes like medicine… Obviously this is not the one I would want to reproduce but I’m still curious whether this is also a chokecherry or something else.
The ‘good’ tree:
The ‘medicine’ tree:
For comparison this is the fruits, side by side, larger is from the good tree: