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Wild Fruit
Yes, most wild fruit is gone. The last of the apples and pears are made into sauce and butter. The raspberries and blueberries are in the freezer. But there are still small wild fruits available to pick – think cranberries, grapes, rosehips, and crabapples – even after light snows. And they are especially tasty after a freeze or two.


Wild Fruit Honeys

Here's a sampling of wild fruit jams from my refrigerator. Note the rose petal honey on the left. Yummy. Make a mental note to make some next summer. In the middle is a jam from the fruits of the dogwood tree, also known as Cornelian cherries. Never knew they were edible, or that they tasted so good. And on the right is a pot of rose hip jam made from the hips of Rosa rugose, the seaside wild rose. It is as tasty as it is pretty, and probably good for me too.


Rose Hips (Rosa canina)
This photo shows the hips of the wild rose, and personally, I have never figured out how to get the good of them. They are mostly seeds and hairs, with a thin covering of edible flesh. They refuse to make vinegar, though I have made great vinegars from their sister, the big rose hips from the seashore. There is such a large crop of these little rose hips this year that I am going to try boiling them in water to see if I can make jelly from them. It is just too much trouble to take out the seeds as I did when making the rose hip jam in the photo.



Wild Grapes (Vitis vulpine)
These wild grapes will hang here well into the winter, or until hungry birds gulp them down. The acrid tartness of these fox grapes is so mellowed by freezes that they are practically jam on the vine. I enjoy them as a snack while out walking, and sometimes bring a cluster or two home to enjoy.



American Holly (Ilex opaca)
Do not eat these berries. Aren't they pretty though?! Native peoples are said to have used them in ceremony when they wanted to vomit. Unless you want to vomit, you will leave them alone. The birds seem to be able to eat them though, hooray.



Crab Apples (Malus species)
Often planted as ornamentals, crab apples are easy to find with their bright red fruit/haw/berries hanging at eye level. Eat them as a snack or make crab apple jam to enjoy all winter. All crab apples are edible, as is any fruit from any plant in the rose family. (That includes apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and even almonds.)


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