Arbutus unedo commonly called Strawberry Tree. I seriously think we all need to petition the scientific community and have them change the name to Arbutus milledo or Arbutus Esculenta because I would eat a thousand if I could the name does not do justice to the taste of the berry when ripe. It's an injustice I tell you!
Diversified Food forest maker . Fill every niche and you'll have less weeds (the weeds are the crop too). Fruit, greens, wild harvest, and nuts as staple. Food processing and preservation are key to self self-sufficiency. Never eat a plant without posetive identification and/or consulting an expert.
Ever watch the birds after they've eaten a few of the ones that've fermented on the branch? The crows love to get drunk on them and play around! I've been thinking about trying a homebrew batch using some, but I don't have any of my own trees - yet. I guess Portugal's national drink is a brandy made from Strawberry Tree fruit.
"Instead of Pay It Forward I prefer Plant It Forward" ~Howard Story / "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir
all the reading i have done on it...they always seem to add the fruit isnt that tasty, and i cant understand why i think its an excellent flavor! its mild...but i like that...
i have been trying to plant these forever...and havent gotten any sprouts.
well i know where some strawberry trees are here that produce a lot...so i keep gathering them and then either throwing them whole into the ground and pots...or attempting to fish out the tiny seeds and plant them more properly.
but so far...no sprouts...not that i have seen anyway.
there is a HUGE strawberry tree, along side a couple of other fruit trees...outside of the safeway food market. i think its weirdly funny that occasionally i get some odd looks harvesting this tree....from the people coming out of the safeway (known to me as the "slaveway")...you know...the abundance of this tree growing right there with free fruit...and all the folks eyeing me funny...for harvesting it...ah theres some strange irony there....
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