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Just spotted this fruit while walking to school. It's the size of a small coin.The taste is almost sour and tangy and somewhat sweet (I only tried one of them and very little of it). I admit, I've never seen it before. Does anyone know what this is?

Update: Location is two or three blocks north of UC Berkeley (Berkley, CA, USA).


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strawberry tree

It's probably Arbutus unedo, strawberry tree. Native to Mediterranean region and some part of western Ireland.

Edit: I've just spot that you found it in California, so it's probably one of north american Arbutus species, eg. Arbutus menziesii.

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    $\begingroup$ Awesome! Thanks so much. Now I'll eat the rest of them without fearing dying. $\endgroup$
    – darksky
    Aug 29, 2012 at 0:42
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    $\begingroup$ @darksky I've never eaten this kind of fruits so please don't blame me nor the SE community if they appear not edible. $\endgroup$
    – Marta Cz-C
    Aug 29, 2012 at 16:10
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    $\begingroup$ Yes it is Arbutus Unedo. We have several in the garden. In Spain it is called a Madroño. The fruits are edible, but they don't taste that great. They are not very sweet and can have a mushy texture. Use them to make jams. $\endgroup$
    – Poshpaws
    Sep 12, 2012 at 13:07

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