Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Case of the Disappearing Berries

Those are (were) Simpson Stopper berries, a pleasant native edible. I set a little plate of them down on the mulch to take a photo... and suddenly was joined by a ravenous one-year-old... so I kept taking pictures.

Last year I planted three of these bushes in my yard. This year, they each bore a little handful of fruit. Though they're usually used as an ornamental hedge plant, the berries are pleasantly sweet with a bitter grapefruit aftertaste that I quite enjoy.

In a few years when the bushes mature, I'm totally making jam out of them. 

Unless a baby gets them all first... 

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At August 12, 2013 at 6:19 AM , Blogger eli said...

Could be my favorite post yet. . . .

At August 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM , Blogger said...

These were one of the first plants I added to the yard when we moved in, and I had no idea they had fruits edible to people. Awesome!

At August 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Babies have an instinctive knowledge of what's poisonous. I let the one-year-old try everything before the rest of us. That's how we originally discovered this tasty berry.



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