Winter time means a lot of gorgeous berries are out there waiting to be added to decorations around the house and outside. In case you have some berries in mind and are wondering which ones might be the best for a household with kids or pets, then the following list might be of use.
Many people love the beautiful blue hue of these berries. They also have a strong scent. These little berries are used quite often in winter decorations, but they can cause problems if too many are ingested. Eating juniper berries can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea. There are some old recipes where juniper berries are used for additional flavor, but it’s best to stick to decorating with them and their evergreen branches.
The branches of the American Bittersweet are filled with orange-yellow berries that add loads of caller to winter décor. These brightly colored berries might look very tempting to a child or pet, but they can cause an upset stomach and even diarrhea, so no eating! If you use these for decorating inside the home, make sure to keep them well out of reach of kids or household pets.
The bright red berries of this member of the rose family are perfect for decorating during the winter months. Each plant is loaded with red berries and they are considered to be very safe for holiday decorating. You (or your kids or your dog) would have to eat a huge amount of berries before they could cause any problems, but still – why take chances? If any discomfort does occur, it is generally in the form of a stomach ache, and who wants a tummy-ache at Christmas time?
Check before you Pick!
It seems like the list of poisonous berries greatly outweighs the non-poisonous one, so be sure to double check before decorating from the outdoors. If you have small children or pets in your home, you might be better off using some fake berries for decorations. You can even set the kids up with some playdoh and string, and let them make garlands of berries for you! If you really want to use pretty-but-slightly-dangerous decorations, make sure they’re secure and placed in a location where kids and animals are unable to reach them. This can be difficult at times, since berries tend to fall off once they get a bit older, so bear that in mind. If your child or pet eats a toxic berry, immediately call the poison control center nearest you for advice.
What winter berries have you used for decorating with?