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I live near the cost in Southern California (Long Beach) and had these beautiful berries crop up near my black raspberries. It looks like the black currants that my grandmother used to pick. Not sure. Help!?!?
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Are these black curants?  If so, how can I be sure they are edible and not poisonous?

Best to take a branch that includes both leaves and berries to your local extension office. Here in Washington State, the Washington State University Extension Program facilitates the master gardener program, and they are very good at helping to identify plants. You might want to start at this site: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/ to locate the office closest to you. I grow red currants, and the leaf is not at all like the one in your photo. You wouldn't want to eat nightshade berries! Carol

 

 

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