In gathering any apples left hanging, that might be useful for cooking. We found 2 apples that were very dirty looking, but very heavy. We assumed they were going to be hard and good for cooking. They were added to … Continue reading
Japanese Raisin Tree (Hovenia dulcis)
is a hardy tree (zone 5) that occursall over Asia, growing preferably in a sunny position on moist sandy or loamy soils.
The drupes appear at the ends of edible fleshy fruit stalks, which is a type of accessory fruit.
Its not the fruit you eat but the fleshy thickened fruit stalks, when dried, have the sweet flavour and texture of raisins and can be used in the same way. They have a pear-like flavour when ripe, which is when they fall to the ground. They may be small in size but are usually in large quantities. The other beauty of these fruits is that you don't need to dry them.