- raw berry has bitter/sour taste.
- berry can be cooked to improve taste.
- berry can be crushed or dried whole for storage, with or without pit.
- grows in open areas in plains, foothills, and montane regions.
- edible look-alikes are the Pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica) and Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata).
- warning: do not eat raw or undried seeds; they contain amygdalin which breaks down into cyanide.