Berries range in colour with only a few truly orange species. Many berries go through colour changes and are orange before they turn red. Some berries are safe to eat but others are poisonous and it is difficult to know the difference. If you plan on growing berries, do some research first, especially if you have children or pets.
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Rose hip berries vary in colour with shades of orange, pink and red. Rowan or mountain ash berries grow in clusters of orange-red berries during autumn months. Although this berry does not have a pleasant taste, it is high in vitamin C and makes a great-tasting jelly.
Berries of the Guelder rose shrub are eatable after cooking them. This berry tastes like cough medicine and has a foul smell. Mask the taste and smell with a generous amount of sugar or honey. Acid-tasting sea buckthorn berries start out green but eventually turn orange-yellow and survive through the winter in warm climates.
The yew plant is one of the most poisonous plants known to humans. Its berries change from orange to red as they ripen. Inside the berry is a brown-black seed surrounded by a sugary substance called sap. The sugary substance is safe to eat in moderation, but the seed will kill you if eaten.
Black bryony berries gradually change in colour from green to red with yellow and orange in between. Clusters of this berry resemble grapes but, unlike the grape, this berry is highly poisonous.
Some berries may not be poisonous but cause a variety of symptoms when eaten in large quantities. Various coloured berries in this category are holly, pokeweed, mistletoe, juniper, dogwood and cotoneaster.
Honeysuckle vines sprout berries that are orange prior to turning red. The berries have a slightly sweet taste but, until you know if you can tolerate this berry, do not eat its seeds. Although not poisonous, many people do not tolerate this berry well.
The Pyrancantha, also known as firethorn, is an evergreen that can cause a rash when touched. Its bright orange berries are not poisonous in small quantities.
Many berry-producing plants serve two purposes: they provide ornamentation to landscaping and food for the table. Goji berries taste great and provide protein, iron and vitamins A and C. Dark orange goji berries are about the size of raisins. Very high in protein, each little berry is 13 per cent protein and loaded with antioxidants. It contains more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than an orange and more vitamin A than a carrot.
The hardy seaberry plant produces healthy orange berries for humans as well as birds. Seaberries contain many times more vitamin C than lemons and taste like oranges. This plant produces berries in fall and continues through the winter. One mature seaberry plant can produce 22.7kg. of berries per season.
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