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  • From: "Lon J. Rombough" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Service tree and other stuff
  • Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 17:46:13 -0800

There are actually a number of Sorbus species that are edible. In eastern
Europe there are forms of Sorbus aucuparia, the commonly planted street
tree, that have non-bitter, edible fruit. Several other species can be
cooked for juice and jelly. The S. domestica is the largest fruited species
and has some interesting traits - exceedlingly hard wood, for one. Another
is that it won't graft worth a darn. I know a professor in Italy who is
working with the species - it's quite popular in some areas there. It grows
just fine here in Oregon, too.
>From: <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [nafex] Service tree and other stuff
>Date: Sat, Feb 23, 2002, 6:40 AM

> Surely sorbus means the rowan tree family? The only member I ever saw
>there was the rowan, a lovely tree, who's berries are apparently used for
>wine. This is no recommendation for food use, as a certain amount of
>astringency is important for making a good wine. (That's why peach wine
>tastes insipid unless you have added tannin or a couple of tea bags per
>gallon.) The sorb is a fruit I never met in England, and apparently for
>good reason. If it is found only in Cornwall, which is quite warm, it must
>come from the continent. I can't imagine the French eating them, as
>"corniers" as the book says, unless they have figured out a way to make them
>taste good. I also can't imagine the English being versatile enough cooks
>to make them more than edible.

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