Chokecherry

North Dakota State Fruit

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Chokecherries in the Black Hills forest region of South Dakota

Chokecherries in the Black Hills forest region of South Dakota; photo © Iryna Dronova on Flickr (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Official State Fruit of North Dakota

North Dakota designated the chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) as the official state fruit in 2007. Chokecherries make delicious preserves, juice, jelly, and syrup. All State Foods & Beverages

A member of the rose family, the chokecherry is common across the state of North Dakota. Many wild animals eat the fruit and distribute the seeds of chokecherries. Although the leaves, bark, stem, and stone (seed pit) of the chokecherry are toxic, birds, rabbits, hares, rodents, and bears all seek out and eat its fruit.

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