Some of Roseaceae’s wild berries

17 Aug


The Rose family has a large number of healthy good tasting fruit to enjoy including blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, rose hips and here are a few of the wilder ones.


Here is Aronia melanocarpa which is native to North America and a bit under appreciated here though this appears to be changing in Iowa. In my home area all the blueberry pickers breeze by the Aronia berries leaving them for me and the birds. You may want to check out the history of these berries in Poland during the 1990s and also recent studies on their nutritional value.


Another look at Aronia berries.


Here is our native mountain ash which I’ve only recently noticed (Sorbus Americana) which is quite similar to the European Rowan tree and in the yard I grew up in we had a few large Sorbus trees we called dogberry trees (Sorbus decora) which I would climb and swing off the branches many a summer’s day. The species of Sorbus in the photo I may make a cider from this year.


Another look at Sorbus Americana.


What is this?


What do you get when you cross a Sorbus with a Aronia, well of course a Sorbaronia which is what I suspect this little shrub is, probably being (Sorbaronia  x jackii) though this is my first encounter with this one so this is not a 100% sure thing. I can’t find any info on its edibility though I have found some images with similar leaves and fruit. Many members of the rose family may cross as I find some very unusual Crataegus, Amelanchier, Sorbus, Aronia and a few others with unique fruit and leaves mostly growing in huge rose family beds.      Click on the photo above to see the unusual shape of these leaves.


Here I’m up to my neck in Roseaceae shrubbery with a few Asters ahead, the rose family starts small here with Aronia and trailing blackberry a few inches off the ground, then wild rose 3 or 4 feet high, then large Aronia bushes 4 to 6 ft and next Sorbus up to 20 feet tall.


Now this is not a rose family member though I’m adding it to my (wild fruit) page and may not mention it again in a post possibly so here is Lingonberry, foxberry, rock cranberry, European cranberry, mountain cranberry, partridgeberry, alpine cranberry, (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) for a little berry it sure has a lot of names, it is quite a popular wild fruit and its little leaves and bright red berries are striking to see. ciao.


2 Responses to “Some of Roseaceae’s wild berries”

  1. The Homesteading Hippy August 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I love wild fruits! Sometimes I go out of my way to harvest them, but usually they are welcome bonus to a long hike. Having just moved across the country I’m going to have to memorize all the local species at some point.
    ~ The Homesteading Hippy

    • 1left August 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      In my area there are some very good wild fruit fully ripe from July thru to Nov and a great time to notice good potential gathering grounds is during spring hikes when these plants, shrubs and trees are showingly in bloom. Pick away at it and soon you will have a nice list of favorites from your new home area.

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