The first is from my back garden. We have a tree loaded with gorgeous black-colored berries, but I have no idea what they are or if they are edible. I don't plan to taste it to find out unless I know for certain they won't kill me, but I'm very curious. I live in North England, if that helps.
The second is a turia, a type of gourd I picked up at the market yesterday. It looks more to me like a bitter gourd/melon, but I haven't cut it open yet to see. In either case, is there anything to do with it other than stirfry? And if it *is* a bitter melon, is there anything I can do to take the edge off the flavor?