Story: Rural language

Tutu berries

Tutu berries

Tutu (Coriaria arborea) berries are extremely toxic if eaten by stock. The prevalence of tutu poisoning in settler days led to the verb ‘to tutu’ and the adjective ‘tutu’d’. The plant’s name is often shortened to ‘toot’.

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Farming difficulties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18603/tutu-berries (accessed 3 April 2020)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008