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Join us in our backyard horticultural experiment!

Harvesting LOTS of these right now:

CORNELIAN CHERRIES (Cornus mas) – golden and reds. Wonderful for jams, wines, liqueurs, “shrubs,” dried for snacks. High in Vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals, flavonoids, anthocyanins; antibacterial, antiviral; good for kidneys. These are falling off the trees; others still have a bit to go. The groundfalls are the sweetest. I found the easiest way to harvest them is to lay a tarp on the ground and then pour them into a container. (Not a cherry, but they do have pits).

AUTUMN OLIVES (Elaeagnus umbellata) – Not an olive, but a small red berry. High in Vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber; especially high in lycopene. Great in fruit leather, jams, beverages, general snacking. The birds moved in overnight and picked two of the shrubs clean! The easiest way to harvest these is to wait until the leaves fall off. Read More Here.

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