What animal eats Toyon?
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Accordingly, what animals eat Chamise?
Diet: Chamise, young leaves, grasses and fruit. Predators: Mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes.
Secondly, is Toyon fire resistant? Heteromeles is drought tolerant after the first few years, but tolerates some water if drainage is good. Relatively fire resistant, (a non-watered Toyon is about the same as a watered apple tree). Toyon likes full sun, but tolerates full shade.
Secondly, are Toyon berries edible?
Cooking the berries breaks down and destroys the remaining bitter toxins in the berries, resulting in a safe to eat, but only mildly sweet pithy pulp. The berries, like oak acorns which also had to be processed and cooked to be edible, were more of a staple food, rather than a sweet treat.
What does Toyon look like?
The fruit is small, bright red and berry-like, produced in large quantities, maturing in the fall and persisting well into the winter. Toyon berries are acidic and astringent, and contain a small amount of cyanogenic glycosides, which break down into hydrocyanic acid on digestion. This is removed by mild cooking.