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Beauty Berries.
« on: September 10, 2019, 05:19:49 PM »
I have 3 shrubs that I know of and maybe more in the back area of our property. These berries grow wild. The berries make a fine jam or jelly. Leaves can be used for mosquito repellent. I guard these because my Catahoula will eat them. I am making this post to see what others may have as wild edibles that may be uncommon.
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 08:20:12 PM »
Wild edibles are right up my alley.  I started 60 years ago as a cub scout. 

I have American Beauty Berries, wild blueberries, wild blackberries, Smilax (one of my favorites - tastes like asparagus), Bidens Alba, wild rough lemons, Pickerel weed, Plantain, Cattail, Wood Sorel, Porterweed, Cesars weed, Wild Hog Plum, Spiderwort, Sand Spur, crowfoot grass, Apios Americana, various palms, Bush Pawpaw, Oak Trees, Wax Myrtle, Sweetbay Magnolia, Tropical Almond, wild lettuce, Yams, cleavers, creeping cucumber, American Nightshade, Turks cap, sword Fern, Christmasberry, amaranth, nopales, Monstera Deliciosa, Chaya, Chickweed, Chufa Grass, Cocoplums, Coconut, Coontie, Cranberry Hibiscus, Prickly Pear, garlic, onion, chives, elderberries, Fireweed, mustard, Pelitory, Mulberries, Pennywort, Peppergrass, Pidgeon Peas, Pokeweed, Purslane, Sea Grapes, Simpson Stopper, Sow Thistle, Sumac, and others. 

Granted some of the above are strictly Famine foods, but all are edible in some form, and grow in my yard.  I have 20 acres in SW Florida, so your mileage may vary.  If TSHTF, I may die too, but not likely from starvation.  My guess is that most Americans with any decent sized yard have dozens of edibles.  If you are interested in this subject, look up the "Eat the Weeds" website with Green Dean.  He is fantastic.

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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 07:22:57 AM »
The above list doesn't include over 200 different rare tropical fruit and nut varieties I introduced to Florida.  Oh, yeah, I have about 40 different figs too!  Its just a hobby.  I think I may have OCD. 

My wifeahoula likes the fruit.
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 07:43:38 AM »
Dandelions are another good one. 
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 08:37:49 AM »
I don't see many dandelions here, its too far south.
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 03:05:34 PM »
First let me say, I donít have that much but I do have some.  We have mulberry, nopales but that is cause I planted them(the nopales not mulberry).  We also have blacker berries(the wild ones have thorns but I just added thornless this yr).  The nopales are not the ones that have the fruit.  Have have then cause if the low amount of thorns.  I am looking to add the ones with fruit. 

GJRoberts,

Do the smilax really taste like asparagus?   I heard of them last yr and have being meaning to read more about then cause we love asparagus.  We have the purple and jersey giant growing
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 03:18:00 PM »
I have dandelions here, GJRoberts. I am also interested in smilax... how would I find them?
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 04:20:06 PM »
They do taste like asparagus.  Look for them under trees, down here its the oaks.  The best ones are near a source of water, where they can be as big around as a pencil.  They will climb up 60 feet if allowed.  Only the last few inches is soft enough to eat, just bend the tips, starting back about a foot, and they will break at the right spot as you move toward the tip.  Watch out for the nasty thorns.  They also make great material for making baskets.   There should be a lot of Youtube videos.  Its also called Greenbrier.
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 05:02:44 PM »
I remember as a child grandmother send this out with baskets to cut dandelion greens. Being old time Farmers that lived off the land they prepared and ate many wild greens and fruits. It wasn't until later then I discovered that the yellow flower when you pull the green stem away from the blossom and Battery up and fried it taste just like a wild morel mushroom.
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 06:21:42 PM »
Love Dandelion greens. I am fond of Poke Salat  also
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2019, 10:23:29 PM »
I forgot about purslane.  Have that growing everywhere.  Being eating that since I was a little kid.  Now when I first moved to south Louisiana, a Cajun lady told me about thistle and how it was edible.  They used to pick it and peel all the thorns and eat it like it was celery
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2019, 03:04:13 PM »
These Beauty Berries look interesting. I think I will look into getting a plant or two. @LouisianaMojo, you mention things your grandparents did on the farm. My great grandmother used to collect honey suckle to make jelly and homemade wine from. She also liked making homemade root beer with sassafras roots (I remember one batch exploding in the shed). Wish she would have written her recipes down for future generations. :-[

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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2019, 08:50:00 PM »
If you ever get down near Arcadia, look me up.  They are wild everywhere here.
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2020, 01:22:47 PM »
I chop out the beauty berry here. It is covering the entire 19 acres. I wish planting things here was easier. You have to kill the existing stuff off to plant new things. Sumac is also everywhere on my property. It does make sumac-ade, but the birds plant it freely...
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Re: Beauty Berries.
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2020, 10:18:22 PM »
As a child living on a farm in Minnesota my siblings and I used to eat the fruit of the mallow plant. It was only many years later that I found it growing wild here in Missouri. We also have wild blueberries, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mulberries. Nature also supplies hickory and black walnuts in addition to all of the edible "weeds."
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