Edible fruit and nuts in United Kingdom

This page was originally started in recognition and assistance to Dr. Chiranjit Parmar's Fruitipedia site. However as that gentleman (if such he be) will not discuss his wants and how I can assist him, I hereby expressly deny him permission to use anything from my site.

However this listing of edible fruits and nuts found in United Kingdom is present for others to read. I am not trying to include cultivated plants, at least to start with, but only those that may be found in the wild.

Where there is a thumbnail photo, below, this photo is a link to more information annd photographs.


Arbutus unedoStrawberry tree
Berberis vulgarisBarberry
Chaenomeles speciosaJaponica apple
Crategus monogynaHawthorn
Cydonia oblongaQuince
Fragaria vescaStrawberry
Hippophae rhamniodesSea buckthorn
Juniperus communisJuniper
Malus sylvestrisCrab Apple
Mespilus germanicaMedlar
Morus albaMulberry (white)
Morus nigraMulberry (black)
Oxycoccus palustrisCranberry
Physalis franchetiiChinese lantern plant
Prunus aviumGean, Wild cherry
Prunus cerasiferaCherry-plum
Prunus domesticaBullace
Prunus domesticaGreeengage
Prunus domesticaPlum
Prunus spinosaSloe or blackthorn
Ribes rubrumRedcurrant
Ribes nigrumBlachcurrant
Ribes uva-crispaGoooseberry
Rosa caninaDog rose
Rubus caesiusDewbery
Rubus chaemaemorusCloudberry
Rubus fruticosusBlackberry
Rubus idaeusRaspberry
Rubus loganobaccusLoganberry
Sambucus nigraElder
Sorbus aucupariaRowan. Mountain ash
Symphoricarpos rivularisSnowberry
Taxus baccataYew
Vaccinium vitis-ideaCowberry
Vaccinium vitis-ideaLingonberry
Vaccinium vitis-ideaMountain cranberry
Vaccinium vitis-ideaRed Whortleberry
Vaccinium myrtillusBilberry
Vaccinium myrtillusBlaeberry
Vaccinium myrtillusWhortleberry
Vaccinium myrtillusHuckleberry
Vaccinium myrtillusWhinberry
Vaccinium oxycoccusCranberry
Vaccinium oxycoccusMarsh whortleberry
Viburnum opulusGuelder rose
BarberryBerberis vulgaris
BilberryVaccinium myrtillus
BlachcurrantRibes nigrum
BlackberryRubus fruticosus
BlaeberryVaccinium myrtillus
BullacePrunus domestica
Cherry-plumPrunus cerasifera
Chinese lantern plantPhysalis franchetii
CloudberryRubus chaemaemorus
CowberryVaccinium vitis-idea
Crab AppleMalus sylvestris
CranberryOxycoccus palustris
CranberryVaccinium oxycoccus
DewberyRubus caesius
Dog roseRosa canina
ElderSambucus nigra
Gean, Wild cherryPrunus avium
GoooseberryRibes uva-crispa
GreeengagePrunus domestica
Guelder roseViburnum opulus
HawthornCrategus monogyna
HuckleberryVaccinium myrtillus
Japonica appleChaenomeles speciosa
JuniperJuniperus communis
LingonberryVaccinium vitis-idea
LoganberryRubus loganobaccus
Marsh whortleberryVaccinium oxycoccus
MedlarMespilus germanica
Mountain cranberryVaccinium vitis-idea
Mulberry (black)Morus nigra
Mulberry (white)Morus alba
PlumPrunus domestica
QuinceCydonia oblonga
RaspberryRubus idaeus
Red WhortleberryVaccinium vitis-idea
RedcurrantRibes rubrum
Rowan. Mountain ashSorbus aucuparia
Sea buckthornHippophae rhamniodes
Sloe or blackthornPrunus spinosa
SnowberrySymphoricarpos rivularis
Strawberry treeArbutus unedo
StrawberryFragaria vesca
WhinberryVaccinium myrtillus
WhortleberryVaccinium myrtillus
YewTaxus baccata


Juglans regiaWalnut
Fagus sylvaticaBeech
Corylus avellanaHazel
Castanea sylvaticaSweet chestnut
WalnutJuglans regia
BeechFagus sylvatica
HazelCorylus avellana
Sweet chestnutCastanea sylvatica

Arbutus unedo (Strawberry tree)

Berberis vulgaris (Barberry)

Chaenomeles speciosa (Japonica apple)

Crategus monogyna (Hawthorn)

Cydonia oblonga (Quince)

Fragaria vesca (Strawberry)

Hippophae rhamniodes (Sea buckthorn)

Juniperus communis (Juniper)

Malus sylvestris (Crab Apple)

Mespilus germanica (Medlar)

Morus alba (Mulberry (white))

Morus nigra (Mulberry (black))

Oxycoccus palustris (Cranberry)

Physalis franchetii (Chinese lantern plant)

Prunus avium (Gean, Wild cherry)

Prunus cerasifera (Cherry-plum)

Prunus domestica (Bullace)

Prunus domestica (Greeengage)

Prunus domestica (Plum)

Prunus spinosa (Sloe or blackthorn)

Ribes rubrum (Redcurrant)

Ribes nigrum (Blachcurrant)

Ribes uva-crispa (Goooseberry)

Rosa canina (Dog rose)

Rubus caesius (Dewbery)

Rubus chaemaemorus (Cloudberry)

Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry)

Rubus idaeus (Raspberry)

Rubus loganobaccus (Loganberry)

Sambucus nigra (Elder) Sambucus/jpegElder berries and flowers are both of great value.

Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan. Mountain ash)

Symphoricarpos rivularis (Snowberry)

It is not generally known that snowberries are perfectly edible. Open one up and they seem to have the testure of polystyrene foam. In truth, they have about as much flavour as polystyrene foam although their texture is rather better!

Probably their only sensible use is as extra edible decoration for a fruit salad.

Taxus baccata (Yew)

The red flesh of the yew berry is edible and good to eat being of very good flavour. Its texture is somewhat unusual (a little like mucous) so it is probably best used as a tasty sauce. I suspect it would also make a very tasty wine, though I've not tried this.

Be warned though that the seed of the yew is poisonous. No problem if you swallow a few as they will pass through the gut undigested - after all, thias is why the tasty flesh evolved! However if crushed and eaten, a few seeds could be very dangerous.

Vaccinium vitis-idea (Cowberry)

Vaccinium vitis-idea (Lingonberry)

Vaccinium vitis-idea (Mountain cranberry)

Vaccinium vitis-idea (Red Whortleberry)

Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry)

Vaccinium myrtillus (Blaeberry)

Vaccinium myrtillus (Whortleberry)

Vaccinium myrtillus (Huckleberry)

Vaccinium myrtillus (Whinberry)

Vaccinium oxycoccus (Cranberry)

Vaccinium oxycoccus (Marsh whortleberry)

Viburnum opulus (Guelder rose)


Fagus sylvatica (Beech)

Corylus avellana (Hazel)

Castanea sylvatica (Sweet chestnut)

Juglans regia (Walnut) WalnutTree/jpegThe well-known walnut is a beautiful ornamental tree and has other uses.

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