Rowan Berry Haiga

Rowan berry Haiga


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8 Responses to Rowan Berry Haiga

  1. So glad to see you’re back posting your beloved haikus 🙂


  2. Pseu says:

    Does that mean that rowan berries are edible to humans too?


    • Pseu says:

      I looked it up:
      ROWAN / MOUNTAIN ASH [Sorbus aucuparia]
      Although the rowan is associated with high upland terrains it is also frequently found in lowland areas and urban environments where the clusters of bright orange-red berries make a colourful autumn splash. High in vitamin C the berries can be made into a jelly which goes well with game meats, though on their own the berries do not taste pleasant. In the past an alcoholic liquor called diodgriafel was brewed from the berries in Wales; the process, according to an 18th. century traveller to the region involving: ‘…pouring water over them (berries), and setting the infusion to ferment. When kept for some times, this is by no means an unpleasant liquor…’
      Given the ingenuity of Man no doubt similar potions were made in other parts of the world. One 18th. century Botanist / Physician commented that: ‘The fruit dried and reduced to powder make wholesome bread.’ Whether he had ever conducted such an exercise personally he does not mention.


    • Oh yes, and the jelly is a lovely colour. But if you pick them, leave some for the birds!


  3. I agree! Lovely haiga. But I hope you’re not going to stand to make those jams this year…?


  4. Jo Woolf says:

    Thank you very much, Viv! Lovely haiga! 🙂


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