Win a copy of Straw Bale Building Details this week in the Straw Bale House forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Anne Miller
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Devaka Cooray
  • Burra Maluca
  • Joseph Lofthouse
garden masters:
  • Dave Burton
  • Greg Martin
  • Mike Barkley
  • Shawn Klassen-Koop
  • Pearl Sutton

Eating Russian olive seeds

Posts: 15
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The olives are beautifully sweet now since cold out. But I ate more late September  into Oct because my sinuses etc had immediate relief. You gotta treat them with more respect than you think but really after your been eating and getting pokes..before to long you heal from the pokes and and cuts or scrapes you may have. And you heal fast when you eat alot like me. Heck I take them in my pocket like sunflower seeds lol. WHO NEW right. I feel stupid not knowing til now. Enjoy this..I sure am. Loving every of of the 100s I eat. Do not profit nor gain from this tree. Had a bad happening but also good when I tried selling. Don't do it for profit. It's Godly ..hopefully you will how Godly they are. Amazing. And plentiful by the good Lord above..massively plentiful..they were just waiting for Love
[Thumbnail for 48693.png]
Posts: 135
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Alas, Russian Olive can be an invasive pest.

Here in Alberta on the prairie regions it's now a "Noxious Weed" and in the Parkland regions it's no longer recommended.

The problem occurs in the coulee country:  The seeds float.  So they drop in fall, and then with the spring runoff do a mass migration downstream.  In many stream valleys they are taking over the poplar, and the biodiversity is dropping like a rock.

This problem would likely be common to the 'basin and range' part of the American south west. -- basically anywhere that gets under 18 inches of rain a year, or more accurately any place dry enough that there is bare ground between plants.

RO doesn't seem to compete well with grass when young, so if you are in a climate regime that favours sod grasses it shouldn't be a problem.

Sea Buckthorn (same family, different genus) is also problematic, but has received weed status yet.
master steward
Posts: 14213
Location: Left Coast Canada
books chicken fiber arts cooking sheep writing
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Here's a really good thread for talking about invasive species.  On permies we try to recognize all plants have a place and a use and that change is a natural occurrence.  

It looks like the OP is talking about eating Russian Olive Trees.  
master pollinator
Posts: 2725
Location: Toronto, Ontario
bee dog forest garden fungi homestead hugelkultur cooking rabbit trees urban wofati
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I was under the impression that the fruit and leaves were chock full of oxalic acid. In addition to an unpleasant astringency, longterm consumption will likely interfere with the uptake of numerous vitamins, including probably A and K, and apparently calcium uptake as well.

For suceptible individuals, lots of oxalic acid in the diet may lead to an increased incidence and severity of kidney stones.

I would be very cautious. Treating any food source as a miracle cure can have negative consequences. I would not advise any serious dietary changes to include russian olives or russian olive tree parts without regularly consulting your physician about possible complications.

And then there's the issue of getting splinters in one's gums...

Let's get him boys! We'll make him read this tiny ad!
It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!