Montana Outdoors

May 25, 2010

Prunus virginiana

Filed under: Montana, Nature — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:53 pm

The chokecherries are blooming now and if the quantity and quality of blossoms are any indication it will be a good year for making more of my favorite jelly and syrup!

Chokecherry blossoms

Chokecherry blossoms

Chokecherry blossoms

(For those not familiar with this plant, here is a photo of a group of the whole plants down by the river last summer.)

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  1. How interesting – I’ve never seen chokecherry blossoms – cool! The jam sounds nummy too!

    Thanks so much for the comments – so appreciated!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 25, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    • Chokecherries are very visible in the summer either with the blossoms or the berries. A very beneficial plant!

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      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  2. these photos are really striking! and if I ever get up that way, I want to try some jelly and syrup too!

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    Comment by silken — May 26, 2010 @ 7:25 am

  3. Terry:

    Is chokecherry wine an option?

    Chad

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    Comment by Chad — May 26, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    • I think it is Chad, but I don’t know how to make it. Are you any good at wine making? If the berries are as good as I hope, I’ll get a lot of the juice this fall…

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      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

  4. I haven’t see chokecherry blossoms, I don’t think, and surely haven’t tasted chokecherry jelly or syrup. These blossoms look very similar to the elderberry. The chokecherry blossoms are clusters along a stem where the elderberry is like a spray. I really like the 2nd photo. Very pretty!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — May 26, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    • The berries are perhaps four times the size of Elderberry and have large seeds. We didn’t do it the last time we made jelly, but I would probably be good to put a little Elderberry juice in with the chokecherry.

      If you taste a chokecherry right off the plant, it will pucker your mouth like nothing you’ve ever tasted, but when processed (with a lot of sugar) it’s a wonderful flavor.

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      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

  5. Wow, wow, wow!! These are so gorgeous!

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    Comment by Barbara — May 26, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    • They have a different way of blooming, and of course the berries form in large clusters like some grapes.

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      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  6. I’ve always liked chokecherries. Kind of hard to get the jelly in this part of the country, though.

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    Comment by knightofswords — May 26, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    • Yes, I think Georgia is one of only about five states that don’t have some species of chokecherry.

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      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

  7. yea!! That means lots of extra jelly to send to your loving daughter in California! 🙂 Great pics Dad! Love you!!!!

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    Comment by juls — May 26, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

    • We can hope! We do plan to make more this year, berries permitting. Love you!

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      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

  8. Flowers are some kind of familiar to me. I am not sure if I have seen this. I love Your photos, because they give to me a touch of “new world”.

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    Comment by sartenada — May 29, 2010 @ 3:02 am

    • I’m never quite sure if the plants we have here live also in other parts of the world. This one is present in nearly all of north America.

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      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 11:08 am

  9. I’ve never seen nor tasted chokecherries either. They’re very attractive.

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    Comment by Candace — May 29, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    • I doubt that you would like the taste of chokecherries even a little bit, but if you tried them made into jelly or syrup I think you’d love them. When I was a kid my mother made syrup from them and I went to extreme efforts to collect the berries it was so good. I even made a special box (large) for my bike that I could use to bring them back for juicing.

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      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 10:03 pm


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