[NAFEX] barberry again
shaman at pennswoods.net
Sun Oct 13 08:52:19 EDT 2002
My wife says - to make barberry jam, use a rose hip jam recipe. Just
substitute the barberries for the rose hips.
----- Original Message -----
From: "rob hamilton" <lostman_amiga at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] barberry again
> I too wish to learn a bit more about this fruit. My
> Rodale's Fruits and Berries book
> mentions that "The flavor is usually tart but some
> species have enough sugar to be dried into raisins."
> They also say, "Besides common barberry (B. vulgaris),
> other species that have been used for thier fruits
> include Napal berberry (B. aristata) and rasin
> barberry(B. asiatica)
> There is a thread on the Gardenweb's forum about
> Someone posted this:
> BARBERRY USES:
> Harvest and Preparation:
> Pick fruits in autumn when full color has developed.
> For gelly, 4 cups crushed barberries,
> 2 whole oranges chopped (sans peels) 2 cups water, 1
> 1/2 cup sugar, 1 pkg pectin. Combine berrries,
> oranges and water in a saucepan. bring to boil, simmer
> until tender, about 20 minutes. Strain juice
> thru cloth or jelly bag. Combine juice and sugar,
> bring to rolling boil. Add pectin, bring back to boil.
> Pour into hot sterilized jars, and seal. Yield: 3
> pints. For straight barberry jelly, cook berries and
> extract juice, boil juice to 200 degrees F, pour into
> hot sterilized jars, and seal. Needs no pectin,
> very tart. Juice can also be used in sauces and
> beverages where tart is needed. To relieve thirst,
> chew on a few of the leaves.
> --- Mark Lee <markl at nytec.com> wrote:
> > A month ago I sent a message asking about experience
> > growing barberry for
> > its fruit. I had one reply from India (thanks Dr.
> > Parmar). What I'm
> > looking for is a reply from an American fruit
> > explorer that knows anything
> > about barberry as an edible. I know Berberis
> > aristata is used in Middle
> > Eastern rice dishes in dried form similar to
> > raisins. Maybe the work to
> > eradicate barberry as a host for grain diseases has
> > turned people off to the
> > possibilities for barberry in the edible landscape.
> > Any interest in this
> > fruit?
> > -Mark Lee, Seattle
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