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Arbutus unedo vs. Arbutus esculenta

 
Jeffrey Hodgins
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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!
 
Steve Flanagan
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I like the fruits of this plant as well, that's why I planted three of them. Hopefully I'll get fruit next year.
 
Michael Newby
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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.
 
Steve Flanagan
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I should try making a liquor out of them...
 
Xisca Nicolas
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I have only a small one, as I do not know the taste!
What months does it fruit?
 
leila hamaya
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yum, love this one.

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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