I steamed the chokecherries...it makes the whole house smell wonderful ! I got 14 cups of juice from 2 1/2 ice cream pails of fruit. That will make 24 plus jars of jelly someday when it is cool or next Fall.
This is a bucket before the berries have been washed. The berries are tiny...I wash them in a bucket and swirl the berries around loosening the debris and leaves that float to the top, I keep adding water until the bucket overflows into the catch strainer in the sink...after a while your berries are all washed and ready to steam.
Chokecherries smell awesome...it is a one of a kind smell...heavy and fruity. Far Guy says it is a sweet smell and you would never guess how tart they are when eaten raw. He just looked up what Google says...bitter sweet smell similar to the aroma of cyanide of bitter almonds. The pit inside a chokecherry contains amygdalin which when ingested converts to cyanide. If you eat enough pits it will kill you. However birds, deer and bear are not affected....other animals like dogs, horses and cows will die if enough seeds are ingested.
You wouldn't eat the pit of a cherry or a pit of an apricot...they are also poisonous.