[nafex] Hmm. Kousa fruits. Not bad...

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Thu Oct 4 15:20:17 EDT 2001

While my youngest son was at flag football practice Tuesday afternoon,  I 
took a turn around the grounds of the Methodist Church where the wife of a 
coworker has been coordinating landscape plantings.  Came across a couple 
of kousa dogwoods(C.kousa), sporting large(1" diameter) ripe, red 
fruits.  I'd seen photos of them, but this was the first time I'd seen one 
'up close and personal'.  They were larger than I'd anticipated.
Popped one in my mouth and savored the tasty pulp.  The exterior was not 
especially tasty, and kind of gritty.  After chewing up a couple, I decided 
they were much better if I just plucked the stem off and more or less 
sucked the pulp out.  Not quite as tasty as a good pawpaw or persimmon, but 
not too bad.
Even my wife liked 'em.  They got a better reception than did the 
corneliancherry dogwood(C.mas) fruits.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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