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Does anyone know what this is, and is it edible?
Thu 4-Nov-10
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Juliette
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I saw a tree about 2-3 metres high today laden with these red fruit, plus yellow versions which appear to be unripe.  It was dropping the fruits on the pavement. 

They are about the size of a large marble, and have a beautiful velvety looking uneven surface.  The centre is yellow like peach flesh There is no stone.  It has a slightly sweet scent.  ParkLanefruitImage Enlarger

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Thu 4-Nov-10
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Toffeeapple
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wave Hello and welcome Juliette!  I've no idea what they might be but I'm sure someone will.

I'll try that again!

Thu 4-Nov-10
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Is it a 'strawberry tree' Arbutus unedo ?

See here.

(Unfortunately, if it is, the fruits are not edible!!!)

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Thu 4-Nov-10
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Hmm, I think it could be this Juliette, it looks similar.

I'll try that again!

Thu 4-Nov-10
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BS are you sure the strawberry fruit tree fruits (arbutus unedo) is inedible?, I have found a reipe using the fruit to make a liqueur and wiki says you can use them

I have seen recipes also here in france for the arbousier which is also the strawberry tree

 

It certainly looks like one to me and if you like I can post the recipes 

Fri 5-Nov-10
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Funny you should ask that, Shelley, because when I first saw this tree growing in a garden of a rented villa we were staying at in Corsica, I looked up the tree on the internet and I thought  I read they were edible!

However, this morning, when I found a site selling them as young trees, it stated they were inedible - see my link on post 3 (above) - on line 6, it states they are not edible.

On TA's link (also above), that site states they are 'edible' - although making them into wine or liqueur is not quite the same as making a pie out of 'em, I suppose !!!

(In fact, we bought a tree and planted it in the garden here (France), but it is acid-loving, and our garden is on limestone, so we've been feeding and watering it with cold tea, and it was doing rather well until last winter, and then the frost got to it. It is now an ex-tree !!)

I don't believe they are particularly flavoursome, though I haven't used them at all.

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Yes it is the the Strawberry Tree as per your this  link.  Thanks Toffeeapple and others.  It does smell slightly of strawberries.  The fruit really do look quite stunning on the tree.   I am going to try a couple of them raw, now I know they probably aren't suitable for jam or pie making.  Probably just as well as I have membrillo to make, plus apples and rosehips to turn into jellies or syrups or something that will keep.

Fri 5-Nov-10
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All I can add is that it self seeds like crazy here, and the blackbirds and jackdaws adore the fruit. I've got two seedlings in pots, just wondering whether its worth planting one. If the fruit is useful I'll attempt to make room. Otherwise they'll go in a charity plant sale for Mary's Meals.

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That's a good idea, very simple but so effective.cheers

Fri 5-Nov-10
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here is the recipe from a french book I have for the fruit; in the book it says they can be eaten raw or cooked, but not to overdo it raw as they can cause upset tummys

 

they suggest a sort of purée

 

so cook fruit in juice until soft and sieve to make a puréé (you will need 250g)

 

add to this 2 eggs,  the yolk of a third, 75g of sugar an d something called fleur de mais (this is some sort of maize derivative like tapioca?? sorry cant find the absolute translation)

 

heat slowly until boiling and then until thick

 

allow to cool

 

meanwhile whisk the third egg white with 75g of sugar; once the purée is cold incorporate this

 

leave to cool again in the fridge and serve very cold

 

enjoy

 

 

 

 

Sat 6-Nov-10
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I think 'fleur de mais' is cornflour ....... big_hug

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Sat 6-Nov-10
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thought so but wasnt certain; cos Ive seen farine de mais also

Sat 6-Nov-10
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I also have 'fine de mais' - and that is definitely cornflour!

Perhaps it depends who makes it! laugh

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Sat 6-Nov-10
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As long as it does the trick...wink

I'll try that again!

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checked in the supermarket today and yes it is cornflour!!  Thanks BSsmile

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