In everyday language, a berry is a small, pulpy, and often edible fruit.
Berries are usually juicy, rounded, brightly colored, sweet or sour, and do not have a stone or pit, although many pips or seeds may be present.
Common examples are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and red- and blackcurrants.
In Britain, soft fruit is a horticultural term for such fruits. (source)
So can chinchillas eat berries?
It depends on what kind of berry. Here is a list of berries we know about and list the ones that we know they can eat and definitely can’t eat. To be honest, most are unknown.
- Acai berry: Unknown
- Amla / Amalika / Indian Gooseberry: Unknown
- Baneberry: Small, hard red or white berries. Toxic.
- Barbados cherry: Unknown
- Barberry: Unknown
- Bearberry: Unknown
- Bilberry: Unknown
- Bittersweet: Unknown
- Blackberry: They can eat them
- Blueberry: Yes they can eat them
- Black Mulberry: Unknown
- Boysenberry: Unknown.
- Buffalo berry: Unknown.
- Bunchberry: Unknown
- Chokeberry: Unknown
- Chokecherry: Unknown.
- Cloudberry: Unknown
- Cowberry: Unknown
- Cranberry: Yes they can eat them
- Currant: Yes they can eat them
- Dewberry: Unknown
- Goji berry: Unknown
- Gooseberry: Unknown
- Grape: They can eat them
- Holly berry: Toxic for chinchillas
- Huckleberry: Unknown
- Indian Plum: Unknown
- Ivy berry: Toxic for chinchillas
- Juneberry: Unknown
- Juniper berry: Unknown
- Lingonberry: Unknown
- Logan Berry: Unknown
- Mistletoe berry: Small, hard, red berries that grow on mistletoe. Toxic.
- Nannyberry: Unknown
- Oregon Grape: Unknown
- Persimmon: Unknown
- Pokeberry: All parts of the plant are toxic.
- Privet berry: Toxic to chinchillas
- Raspberry: They can be eaten by chinchillas
- Red Mulberry: Unknown
- Salmonberry: Unknown
- Strawberry: They can be eaten by chinchillas
- Sugarberry: Unknown
- Tayberry: Unknown
- Thimbleberry: Unknown
- White Mulberry: Not good for chinchillas to eat.
- Wineberry: Unknown
- Wintergreen: Unknown
- Yew berry: Toxic to chinchillas
- Youngberry: Unknown.