wild plums and apples

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wild plums and apples

Post: #240456 emecctv
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:32 pm

i live near a big forest and im new to foraging and i dont know whats edible or not , is it true that all apple varieties are edible ? and i found one variety of apple thats rose blush in the inside , tasted ok when i had a nibble , does anyone know what variety it may be?
also i found 2 plum trees but they may be greengage there small plum shaped things yellow in colour bit bigger than a cherry and another i found small plum/greengage tree with dark purple fruits , also about elderberries how do i 100% know whether there edible, i want to be able to properly identify them , and i dont want to end up killing myself eating poisonous berries!
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Re: wild plums and apples

Post: #240556 snapdragon
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:16 am

hello cctv(?!?) welcome in

where abouts are you ? I've just finished preserving the plums from my (wild) cherry plum tree they're yellow when ripe and fall shortly afterwards.
elderberries are edible - just so long as you know they are elderberries

sounds like you need a good plant book
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Re: wild plums and apples

Post: #241090 that_sarah_girl
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:07 pm

I saw some wild plums/damsons (i think) while walking home from work a different way yesterday. Is there anything else that looks like plums? or can I be pretty sure that's what they are?

Sorry if that's a stupid question, I'm very new to forraging!

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Re: wild plums and apples

Post: #241092 MKG
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:00 pm

Apples, plums and certainly elderberries are all pretty easy. A couple of minutes' use of Google images will probably instil a degree of confidence in identification.

Having said that, not all apples are useful in the same way as Granny Smiths - crab apples will turn your face inside out (but are great to add to ciders and wines). Similarly, a sloe is a plum - but don't bite into one, small though it is, with the anticipation of a gorgeous mouthful of plummy sweetness. They're like crab apples, only worse.

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Re: wild plums and apples

Post: #241215 that_sarah_girl
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:40 pm

thanks for the warning!
If they do turn out to be sloes I might attempt some sloe gin or something rather than eating fresh or baking :drunken:

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Re: wild plums and apples

Post: #241218 DrewShiel
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:00 pm

Sloes shouldn't be too hard to identify - essentially, they're small, and if you go to pick one and feel like you've been stabbed in the arm, that's a sloe tree. They're also called blackthorn, at least in Ireland, and have great spiky thorns up to about 3cm long, which you could nearly use as panel pins.

They're used a lot, alongside hawthorn, for hedges here - if you see them in springtime, they're very easy to pick out, because they flower before they leaf, leaving masses of white flowers on nearly bare black branches.

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Re: wild plums and apples

Post: #241248 Milims
Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:35 pm

If your apples with the rose blush are what I think they are - I'm very jealous! My mum had a tree like that, the apples were delicious, but she had to have it cut down as it was poorly :(
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Re: wild plums and apples

Post: #241250 Missteecee
Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:17 pm

The yellow " plums" are probably mirabelles ... Or in our house "miracles"
They make fab jam :)


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