Elderberry. Our next door neighbor had a huge elderberry bush almost on our property line. He welcomed us to pick all we wanted.
I used to make elderberry jelly.
Homemade jelly tastes so much better than store bought, but it is a lot of work. All stems must be removed from the tiny (and I mean tiny) berries. Then there is crushing, straining, cooking (I always used store bought pectin), then canning in canning jars in a boiling water bath (fun in the hot Arkansas summer). We would work on this after working our day jobs and the hour commute home, sometimes staying up until near midnight when we had several batches of produce to process - now, just thinking of all that work makes me feel tired.
My spouse made elderberry wine and, one time, even made elderberry flower wine.
Next, rhus glabra - smooth sumac. We had a lot of sumac on our Arkansas property.
We experimented with making a tea from the berries of sumac, which you do once the berries turn red and ripen. It was too tart for my taste. I've now found the leaves and roots of this particular sumac were used medicinally by Native Americans.
wild roses. Most of the roses on the rail trail are white rugosa roses, but I was pleased to find this pink rose in mid June.
Roses are related to apples (among other fruits) - if you've seen wild rose hips, they look (to me) so similar to crab apples. Those who eat these will add the rose petals to salads, or take the buds, dry them, and make tea. Then there is rose water - something we never made from our rose plants in Arkansas, but apparently it is quite easy to do.
I've been thinking a lot of the things we used to do years ago, that we abandoned in the past thirty or so years. One day, we hope to go back to some of what we used to do.Why not?
Life is here to be enjoyed!
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