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  • Toyon Berries


    Red berries showing up around the holidays, give the hills a red accent.  The berries were eaten cooked by various means. The leaves and bark were made into tea for stomach and other aches and pains.  The story goes that when Europeans first witnessed the riot of red berries in the hills, they mistook the plant for the European holly bush, promptly naming the area "Hollywood," whereas by rights should be called "Toyonwood."