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My kitchen has become a small scale operation – thinking fruit pies, jams and jellies?

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Caulophyllum thalictroides seeds

Caulophyllum thalictroides (Blue cohosh) blue seeds will easily pass for blueberries but unfortunately are poisonous if ingested in large quantities. That’s very improbable to happen though because what seems like a big berry is actually a single huge seed surrounded by a thin fleshy and blue seed coat.

More likely to lose a tooth or two than being poisoned!

Caulophyllum thalictroides cleaned seeds

Caulophyllum thalictroides cleaned seeds

On the other hand, Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple) fruit it is/has been used to prepare jams and jellies. The big size fruit (hog apple, wild lemon, Indian apple), when fully ripen has a light yellow colour and a persimmon fragrance (in my opinion). It is actually the only part of the plant that’s not toxic.

Podophyllum peltatum fruits

Podophyllum peltatum fruits

To ensure good germination seeds of both species have to be placed in moist storage right away. They belong to a large category of species with hydrophylic seeds (intolerant of dry storage).

Also, both species are important North American medicinal woodland plants.

Podophyllum peltatum seeds

Mayapple seeds – enclosed in a gooey substance

PS. In case you have available large quantities of mayapple fruits to make jam, be kind and promote a sustainable harvest (always) by discarding the seeds in a nearby wooden area.

 

6 replies
    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Yes, they really do! There were blueberries in the kitchen too and I had to be very careful :) Didn’t clean the mayapple yet, I’ll try a bit of jam – just curious…

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      I wouldn’t advise with P. hexandrum fruits. I am not 100% sure but I understand that they are not edible like P. peltatum. One thing I Know – mayapple fruits are disappearing fast when ripen while P. hexandrum fruits remain on the plants till they fall on the ground in November; no one desire them (except those who want their seeds :)

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      How about a peach and blueberry (blue cohosh) cobbler? :) I made a bit of mayapple jam; very specific, it tastes like the quince jam I’m making around Christmas.

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