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Old 04-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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I live here in Sioux Falls in the middle of this ice storm and had a friend have a Canadian cherry tree go down. He said it was mine if I wanted it. Is this ok to smoke with and would I need to age it at all? Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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I would age it.

Is this it?
"The Canadian cherry tree (Prunus virginiana var. Schubert) is more commonly known as the Schubert chokecherry or Canada red cherry tree. The Schubert chokecherry tree grows best in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 9 and requires little maintenance."
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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If you're using splits, you probably want to age/season it. If you're going to just use chunks in with your charcoal, it's ok as green wood. But it will season much quicker cut into 2-3 inch chunks than as splits.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:49 PM   #4
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Wikipedia says this. Makes me wary of using it.

"Consumption

For many Native American tribes of the Northern Rockies, Northern Plains, and boreal forest region of Canada and the United States, chokecherries were the most important fruit in their diets.[10] The bark of chokecherry root was once made into an asperous-textured concoction used to ward off or treat colds, fever and stomach maladies by native Americans[11] The inner bark of the chokecherry, as well as red osier dogwood, or alder, was also used by Native Americans in their smoking mixtures, known as kinnikinnick, to improve the taste of the bearberry leaf.[12] The chokecherry fruit can be used to make a tasty jam, jelly, or syrup, but the bitter nature of the fruit requires sugar to sweeten the preserves.
Chokecherry is toxic to horses, and moose, cattle, goats, deer, and other animals with segmented stomachs (rumens), especially after the leaves have wilted (such as after a frost or after branches have been broken) because wilting releases cyanide and makes the plant sweet. About 5–10 kg of foliage can be fatal. Symptoms of a horse that has been poisoned include heavy breathing, agitation, and weakness. The leaves of the chokecherry serve as food for caterpillars of various Lepidoptera. See List of Lepidoptera which feed on Prunus.
In 2007, Governor John Hoeven signed a bill naming the chokecherry the official fruit of the state of North Dakota, in part because its remains have been found at more archeological sites in the Dakotas than anywhere else.[13]
Chokecherry is also used to craft wine in the western United States mainly in the Dakotas and Utah as well as in Manitoba, Canada.[citation needed]"
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
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Wikipedia says this. Makes me wary of using it. ...
Don't eat it. Burn it.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:09 AM   #6
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I would age it too, I tried some a while back and it gave a bitter flavor to the meat.
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