Kathy, 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.Patti
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.
Here is an ADN article about the berries. They are high in sorbitol so they can make dogs sick.adn.com/2010/12/01/1583324/mountain-ashs-magic-steeped-in.htmlIn looking further it seems the seeds can be poisonous. herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_mountain_ash.htmI'll bet the catsup is delicious.Have fun.Patti
Thanks again Patti! Interesting. I think I will leave the berries for the birds!
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