Saturday, January 15, 2005

Eating Autumn Olive II

Friday night was the annual New England Botanical Club potluck/show-and-tell, and this year we were lucky enough to have Russ Cohen in attendance. Russ, author of the book "Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten," brought along some autumn olive fruit leather (Elaeagnus umbellata) to the potluck (photo below). Consensus was that it was quite good - perhaps the birds will have some human competition next fall when the fruits ripen. Later, Russ joined other club members for the slide show, showing us a number of other invasive plants that are good to eat. One I hadn't heard about was black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), Russ noted its flowers were quite tasty. Curious ISW readers may also want to check out the original Eating Autumn Olive post from last year.

photo of autumn olive fruit leather

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