Arbutus andrachne Linn. Ericaceae. Strawberry Tree.
East Mediterranean countries. Its fruit was eaten during the Golden Age. Don says the fruit seems to be used in Greece.
Arbutus canariensis Duham.
Canary Islands. The berries are made into a sweetmeat.
Arbutus menziesii Pursh. Madrona.
Pacific Coast of North America. The berries resemble Morello cherries. When ripe they are quite ornamental and are said sometimes to be eaten.
Arbutus unedo Linn. Arbute. Cane Apples. Strawberry Tree.
Mediterranean countries. Theophrastus says the tree produces an edible fruit; Pliny, that it is not worth eating. Sir J. E. Smith describes the fruit as uneatable in Ireland, but W. Wilson says he can testify from repeated experience that the ripe fruit is really very palatable; In Spain, a sugar and a sherbet are obtained from it.
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.