All About American Beautyberry: I didn't know they were edible

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All About American Beautyberry

By wildflowers
November 25, 2016

I really look forward to fall when so many plants change into their colorful fall wardrobes; it's such a beautiful sight. The American Beautyberry is one such plant that makes quite a showing, boasting bright magenta berries that look much like bracelets of amethyst beads glistening in clusters along drooping branches.

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Name: pam
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pestee45
Oct 26, 2011 1:29 AM CST
I've seen them my whole life but had no idea they were edible. I love to make jelly. Does it turn out the same pretty purple color as the berries?
Pam
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 26, 2011 4:27 AM CST
Here are photos of the jelly along with soem more info. on the lovely beauty berry.

http://riskman.typepad.com/canopy_roads/beautyberry/
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 26, 2011 7:20 AM CST
I love the link, thanks so much Ann. flowers ---- that's what the berries taste like!!! Thumbs up
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 26, 2011 8:11 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Name: pam
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pestee45
Oct 26, 2011 5:43 PM CST
Thanks Ann, it IS pretty. I'm going to have to make some sometime. I don't have enough on my bush but might have to go hunting for some more.
Pam
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 26, 2011 6:30 PM CST
YVW.
BTW, here is another link I ran across looking for propagation info. mainly for the way to treat the seeds. That info. begins (& is very detailed) about the 3rd paragraph down on page 11. After that is propagation info. for cuttings.

http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/elpubs/pdf/trel97-15.pdf
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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 20, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Here's a great link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igKeqZjxPYQ
I've tasted them off the bush and they taste blah and are not good fresh
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 21, 2016 7:15 AM CST
Thanks for the link, Daniel. Thumbs up

I'll be viewing some more of his videos. Wondering if he has one on Farkleberries...
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Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 24, 2016 10:09 PM CST
Green Deane is great, I love his videos. As far as Vaccinium Arboreum aka Farkleberries goes they are edible but are best used in preserves or jams because they tend to be very acidic. Green Deane is based out of FL and Farkleberries are a TX native so chances are he don't and won't have a vid on them but if you want to learn more about them you can google Vaccinium Arboreum and they also go by the name Sparkleberry if that helps.
Speaking of wild edibles of TX have you ever seen Diospyros Texana aka black persimmons in your area? I'd like to cross D.Texana with a large fruiting Diospyros Virginiana someday. I love the thought of interspecific hybrids and would love to see more work done with them.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 25, 2016 8:35 AM CST
They are native to FL also.:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr320
http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/vaccinium-arboreum
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=VAAR
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Aug 25, 2016 8:36 AM CST
I don't often get a chance to eat many Farkleberries, the birds love them and know exactly when they're ripe for picking. I will say that once ripe, they're quite sweet and tasty. Last winter my grandson ran across some shriveled up berries and asked if they were edible. I told him yes and we discovered they were sweet like raisins, I would even say delicious! Smiling

Yes, Diospyros Texana grows wild here. I still haven't found the fruits but I know they're around here somewhere because many times I've run across coon scat with seeds. I think we still have several small trees growing from those seeds. Hilarious! Smiling
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Sep 2, 2016 9:59 AM CST
@ediblelandscapingsc I'll keep an eye out for Diospyros Texana seeds if you are interested. And scat. Hilarious! Like I said, there are some young plants growing but even tiny plants have very impressive tap roots, making them quite a challenge to dig up.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Sep 2, 2016 11:15 AM CST
Diospyros Texana & Diospyros Virginiana both have deep tap roots. thanks for the offer on some seeds I'd love some if you find any even if they are in some poop Hilarious!
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Sep 2, 2016 11:19 AM CST
Thumbs up Big Grin
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