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Unread 11-27-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Wild Cherry Trees

Has anyone smoked with Wild Cherry Trees? I looked it up on E-How and this is what it says.

"Wild cherry trees leaves and twigs contain prunasin, a cyanide that when ingested, can be fatal. The poison becomes harmful when the leaves are exposed to stress that causes them to wilt. The wilting breaks down the prunasin and releases the cyanide. Cattle and horses are the main victims of poisoning by wild cherry trees. Symptoms include gasping, weakness, excitement, dilated pupils, spasms, convulsions, coma and respiratory failure."

Just trying to be safe. Thanks.
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Unread 11-27-2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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ive used it, no problems
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I cooked with Wild Chery chunks for several years before I moved to pellets.

They work wonderful IMHO

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Have livestock and wild cherry trees - it's the wilted leaves ( like when wind / storm knocks down a live tree or branch ) that can cause problems - I have used the dry wood to smoke with for years and it's wonderful.
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There are many trees that have leaves with toxins in them and the wood is fine to use for cooking. THe toxins are int he leaves and not the tree itself. I've used a lot of wild / black cherry with out a problem at all.
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Yup, I have been using wild cherry for few years with no problems. Smells heavenly!

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We use wild cherry all the time with no issues.
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What about the bark, does everyone leave the bark on ?
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I leave bark on. Lot of fruit have cynide in their seeds sych as apples , peach , almonds
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except for one true cherry tree that i cut down, all my cherry has been wild with no probs at all! go for it.
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I have been using wild black cherry (Prunus sertina) for years. Cut many a tree to run through the saw mill for lumber. Love the sweeeeeeeeeeet
smell on poultry and fish.
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Wild cherry grows all over Georgia (including my back yard) and as others have said, it's perfectly fine to smoke with. If you have too much of it, send some my way.
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when most bbq forum say cherry they are referring to wild black cherry. That what you make cherry furniture and cabinets out of
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I wish that we had those around here!

Fyi, the fire destroys the cyanide. Ever notice those blue lines on cigarette papers?
That's result of cyanide used to make the paper burn evenly. It destructs upon
combustion.
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My grandpa brung me a big ole bag of wild hickory,ive been kinda hesitant because of something like this as well.
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