The tree of the Cheri Berry is of a moderate height. The leaves take on a bluish tint as the tree matures. The flowers produced by the tree are delicate and white, and produce the Cheri Berry from a long, spindling stem emerging from the center of the flower. This berry ranges from 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch wide, and is quite soft. Within the flesh is a hard pit about 1/3 of an inch wide. The pit is swallowed by the consumer, and eventually excreted somewhere else, allowing the Cheri Tree to spread its seeds.
Despite not producing natural capsaicin, similar compounds give the berry a mild spiciness, with a Scoville rating of 600. The flesh is soft and juicy towards the center, but somewhat fibrous around the skin.
The Cheri Berry contains a unique mixture of enzymes that can alleviate numbness and eliminate temporary forms of paralysis through small-scale nerve repair. As such, a Paralyzed Pokemon can cure itself of Paralysis with just one Cheri Berry.
The Cheri Berry is safe for consumption by both humans and Pokemon. It is a healthy food choice, giving high amounts of Vitamin C and the natural benefits normally associated with capsaicin. While most Pokemon are fond of these, Pokemon of the Glameow line are known to particularly love them, often seen hoarding large amounts of the berry or stealing from vendors. There is a legend that one of the founding fathers of the Unova region cut down a Cheri Tree in his youth, but showed his honesty and admitted to it. This is most likely a legend, though.
The Chesto Tree grows to be tall, with plumes of soft pink leaves covering most of it. The fruit of the tree is about 3 inches in length, and consists of two parts, an outer shell and an inner seed.
Both parts of the fruit are edible. The shell is a tough, brittle, dry tasting husk, while the seed is softer but even more dry and chewy. Both parts are high in fiber, as one could probably tell.
The Chesto Berry contains mild, caffeine-like stimulants that can drive off drowziness (But not actual Drowzees, unless used as a throwing item.) and even awaken one from sleep. This effect works its way out of one's system almost as quickly as it takes effect.
Chesto Berries are enjoyed by humans and Pokemon alike. During the holiday seasons, Chesto Berries are often roasted, frequently over an open fire, and consumed. Their high fiber promotes a healthy digestive tract.
The Pecha Tree is a thin, shabby tree that produces striking indigo leaves and the Pecha Berry. This berry is a pink bulblike fruit with two or more leaves growing out from the stem. It is about an inch and a half in diameter, and is extremely squishy, often being reduced to mush when improperly handled. This is in part due to the hollow pocket inside the fruit. This pocket is where the seed develops, but most Pechas are picked before this to avoid the sudden turn in flavor.
The Pecha Berry is very sweet and tangy, and is so soft it has a texture like gelatin. It falls apart in one's mouth, or one's hand if you're unfortunate. Once the seed develops, the taste becomes extremely bitter and disgusting to the human tongue; humans are not fit to pass the seed within, while larger, more capable beasts tend to find the taste attractive.
Due to the harsh conditions that the species used to endure when growing in toxic soil, the whole tree contains powerful antidotes to many poisons. This is concentrated in the fruit, giving it powerful medicinal properties.
The Pecha Berry is often used in pies and cobbler, due to its tendency to fall apart. It is particularly favored by Poochyena and Stunky, and their evolutions.
The Rawst Bush is a short plant with pale red leaves. The fruit it produces are about 1.3 inches long and egg-shaped, with the broader end facing the stem. At the base of the stem, anywhere from 3 to 5 short leaves grow. Unripe Rawst Berries are green, and turn blue at peak ripeness. Overripe berries become a darker shade of blue and develop a mushy texture. The seeds are located on the skin of the berry, and are edible.
Rawst Berries normally are somewhat bland with a hint of bitterness. The texture is hard around the outside, but turns softer and juicier toward the center. The leaves are a good indication of how the berry will taste; the longer and curlier the leaves, the more bitter it tastes.
The seeds of the Rawst Berry contain proteins meant to help the sprouting plant endure dry conditions; when ingested, they help alleviate flesh damage caused by burns.
Rawst Berries are often used in baked goods, such as shortcake, and as jams and jellies. Their bitterness makes them an aquired taste. Fire-Type Pokemon seem to love these berries.
The Aspear Tree is tall with vibrant red leaves, and usually bears only two or three fruit at a time. The Aspear Berry itself is a round yellow fruit dotted with green rings. It is very hard, and about 2 inches in diameter. The seeds contain weak cyanide compounds, and should not be consumed. It is related to the Wepear and Leppa Berries.
It is difficult to bite through the tough peel, but the inside is very juicy and very sour. The core is inedible, and the flesh around it is somewhat paper-like. The flesh is also somewhat grainy.
The Aspear Berry stimulates blood flow, helping to regulate body temperature in cold conditions.
It is often used in pies or eaten sliced. Their natural sourness also makes them ideal for flavoring candy. The Jynx line seems to have a predilection for these berries.
Leppa Trees are short, straight-growing trees with pink bushy leaves. The fruit of the tree is about 1.1 inches in diameter. It is red toward the stem, and becomes a yellowish-beige down along the fruit. It is very hard. Two long thin leaves sprout from the stem.
The taste of the Leppa Berry can only be described as moist. Like the Aspear, the seeds are dangerous, and the core is inedible and papery.
There are little notable effects of the Leppa Berry, but it is high in sugars, giving a lot of energy as a result.
The Leppa is an all-utility fruit. It can be used in anything from salads to chocolates to pies, the last of which is a culturally-dominant food in the Unova region. It is often said that regular consumption of this fruit will ensure good health, and less visits to the doctor. It also inspired the name of computer company Leppa Computers. Wild Clefairy can often be seen carrying these fruit.
The Oran Tree has orange leaves, strikingly contrasted with the fruit it bears. These Oran Berries are a deep shade of blue. They are round and plump, with a diameter of 1.4 inches and a very tough rind. It is in the same family as Sitrus, Nomel, and Grepa.
The Oran is noted as being many flavors rolled together into a single fruit. However, the low amount of sugar means the fruit is not very sweet. The insides are, like most of its family, divided into several wedge-shaped segments with fibrous film between and at the center. The acids present can damage teeth if sucked on.
No notable effects, other than being a nutritious fruit.
There are many uses for the Oran Berry. It is often juiced, used in a marinade, or made into frozen treats. The outermost part of the rind can be grated off and used as a zest. Many wild Pokemon are fond of it, especially woodland ones. There is a ridiculous joke related to the Oran and Nanab Berries involving repetition followed by a subversion and a pun.
edited 15th Dec '10 3:15:07 PM by Anomalocaris20