Yew Berries – A Pretty Killer

I spotted an ‘unknown’ berry a few weeks back, however not knowing the name of the berry doesn’t mean I’m not aware of when its prime time for picking is, so I had set out today to get a few, in hopes of bringing home and researching. As I was harvesting the fells, a grandma and her two grand-kids passed me and she asked ‘Are those berries edible?’ to which I replied, I was pretty sure the berries weren’t poisonous, but there was something odd about them that pointed to toxicity, so I’d be researching when I got home, as I was pretty sure they were soap berries or something to that effect.. She correctly nomenclatured them as Yew berries, which, I was correct, the berry itself is completely harmless, however as little as THREE of the seeds can do incredible harm! Even the foliage itself can kill you!

“The entire yew bush, except the aril (the red flesh of the berry covering the seed), is poisonous. It is toxic due to a group of chemicals called taxine alkaloids. Their cardiotoxicity is well known and act via calcium and sodium channel antagonism, causing an increase in cytoplasmic calcium currents of the myocardial cells. The seeds contains the highest concentrations of these alkaloids.[25][26] If any leaves or seeds of the plant are ingested, urgent medical advice is recommended as well as observation for at least 6 hours after the point of ingestion.[27][28] “

Yew Tree

These plants are located right between the new dog park and playground on Richter. With that in mind, all I can say be aware of the plants around you and watch your pets and kids!

Now that being said, everything in moderation!!! This plant, in controlled dosages, is a beneficial plant for extreme conditions, such as cancer and tapeworms. For more on that, click here!

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Subcity Donair

1905 Baron Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 6A3

★★★★★

When this shop started up years ago, this was the second one in Kelowna, run by the same people who started the first one a few years prior to that. My mom was right there to show her support, as she’s a Maritimer and missed her Donairs! To be sure that they were perfect, she shared the special ‘sweet sauce’ recipe, a sauce that makes these Donairs an amazing experience to this day! This place holds a special place in my heart, as many mother daughter dates have always been held here.

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Mission Creek Regional Park

2363 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 7N7

★★★★★

Many fond memories of this place. The playground always had the largest swings in the valley, when I first swung on them, they had wooden logs behind them, however, the logs were soon removed due to safety reasons. Sadly, almost 20 years later, the swings have also been removed…

The playground was fairly small when I was a kid, but one of the largest in Kelowna till Ben Lee was built. They upgraded the playground about 15 years ago, an amazing playground, sturdy and no splinters. They also made additions about 5 years ago, however while I enjoy climbing their newest addition, I’m not fond of the ropes themselves, as the plastic chosen has shown to not weather well and really is uncomfortable to climb. Also, really loving the bouncy rubber matting, however, not a fan of wood chips, as it’s uncomfortable sure to scrape landing.

There are many trails to go hiking or biking in, even ground for calmer walks, and steeper trails for the more adventurous. My father taught me much about plant foliage wandering around this park. They introduced a Gazebo like structure and a Center you can go to learn more about the wildlife there, extremely educational! Learn how the the land locked Kokanee salmon make their annual spawning run along the Mission Creek and much much more!

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