Monday, September 17, 2012

Smells Moosey Out There

When the cranberries ripen after the first frost they have a real musky smell.  Reminds me of moose as it is hunting season.
 Course I have seen no moose.  All the smart ones know its moose hunting season!

These are Mountain Ash trees ( I think) bending in the wind & getting rinsed by the recent rains.

Not many green leaves left.


Anonymous said...


I just looked up Mountain Ash at Botanical dot com and it said:

The ripe berries furnish an acidulous and astringent gargle for sore throats and inflamed tonsils. For their anti-scorbutic properties, they have been used in scurvy. The astringent infusion is used as a remedy in haemorrhoids and strangury.

The fruit is a favourite food of birds. A delicious jelly is made from the berries, which is excellent with cold game or wild fowl, and a wholesome kind of perry or cider can also be made from them.

In Northern Europe they are dried for flour, and when fermented yield a strong spirit. The Welsh used to brew an ale from the berries, the secret of which is now lost .

Have you ever tasted any mountain ash jelly? I have never heard of it before this.

Thanks for the photos.


FishTaxi said...

Hi Patti, thanks! I was pretty sure they were Mountain Ash trees. I didn't look it up. I will go pick those berries! Never have before.

I have made cranberry catsup. Its like a sweet, bright red Heinz 57 sauce. Great with wild game.

Anonymous said...

Here is an ADN article about the berries. They are high in sorbitol so they can make dogs sick.

In looking further it seems the seeds can be poisonous.

I'll bet the catsup is delicious.

Have fun.


FishTaxi said...

Thanks again Patti! Interesting. I think I will leave the berries for the birds!