[NAFEX] Clove Currant and Autumn Olive ID Help

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed May 11 10:36:20 EDT 2005


Here's a review of a book that will help:

Wild Berries of the West by Betty B. Derig and Margaret C. Fuller. 235 
pages, soft
bound, copyright 2001, Mountain Press Publishing Co., P.O. Box 2399, 
Missoula, MT
59806, Ph: 406 728-1900. ISBN 0-87842-433-4. $16.00.

The title of this book makes it sound fairly simple and 
straightforward, but Wild
Berries of the West is much more useful than it sounds.
There is an impressive number of species in the book, because it covers 
a wide
range of western environments. Even with having taken university 
classes in flora of the
west, there were many plants in this book I wasnÕt familiar with, or if 
I knew them, I wasnÕt
aware that they had edible fruit.
The book doesnÕt just list edible fruits, either. It rates the 
qualities of the fruits, letting
you know if the fruit is good to eat fresh, merely edible, but not very 
tasty, or if it needs
cooking or extensive preparation to even make it edible. For the best 
fruits, there is even a
section of recipes. At the same time, poisonous berries are well noted, 
so the user can
avoid them.
Descriptions are not technical or particularly difficult to understand, 
especially if you
have any experience with plants at all, and most of the plants are 
illustrated with very good
color photos.
Gardeners and people interested in ornamental plants will find value in 
the book too,
because many of the plants have notes about their value in wild 
gardens, or in the
landscape. Readers may be surprised to discover native landscape plants 
theyÕve had
for years are also sources of edible fruit.
Wild Berries of the West makes it fun to learn about fruits that are 
new or different. A
lot of them arenÕt going to win over many palates, but some have enough 
good qualities to
make them well worth exploring further, and this book is a good aid for 
that.

Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On May 11, 2005, at 7:28 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:

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