When we bought our house in Wales, we were so happy to see that it came with a rowan tree in the front garden. This wonderful tree is also known as 'mountain ash' and 'witchwood' and fruits in the autumn with small red berries. It is native to the British Isles, surrounded in folklore and thought to ward off and protect from evil spirits.
Rowan berries should not be eaten raw as they can cause indigestion and lead to kidney damage. They are absolutely inedible when they are raw so this is a good deterrent. Once cooked however, the fruit is fine for consumption and possesses no health risks.
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