Mahonia Berries – Edible?

Q: In late April I saw ten birds attack my mahonia shrub. I watched bird after bird swallow those beautiful blue berries down their throats like a snake does his dinner. Are mahonia berries edible by humans?

A: I’m not a doctor but several websites mention that mahonia berries are edible when fully ripe and soft. One source says the berries contain berberine, which might be harmful in some situations.

Eating Mahonia Berries

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