Red Chinese Mulberries
The Red Chinese mulberry tree is a broad, spreading bush or small tree dotted with small thorns. Like its mulberry relatives, the fruits are technically not a berries but rather aggregates of tiny fleshy drupes clustered around a single stem
Monterrey pears are a large variety from northern Mexico, botanically a cultivar of Pyrus pyrifolia. The Asian pear hybrid was selected from the tree of a popular southern Texas variety. Monterrey pears are a cross of European pear and a Japanese pear.
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Apple trees can reach heights of 10 meters in the wild, but is usually pruned to be about half that size in cultivated orchards. The magenta buds appear in the spring after of period of dormancy during cold winter temperatures. This latent period is necessary for the flowers to develop properly and yield an abundant fruit crop. Apple blossoms are clustered in groups of 4 to 8 and are white to pale pink with reddish-pink undersides. They are highly aromatic with nuances of wild rose, jasmine, water lily and honey. Their flavor is far more subtle with a sweet honeysuckle quality and delicate texture.
Apple blossoms are available in the early spring.
Blossoms from the apple tree, or Malus domestica, are synonymous with the coming of spring. As a deciduous tree in the Rose family, its diversity was once as rich as 10,000 varieties. Today only about 100 types of apple are grown commercially, and as few as ten make up the majority of production in the United States.
Flowers are generally very high in antioxidants and important in ridding the body of free radicals. A tea of dried Apple blossoms may be consumed as a stress reliever, digestion aid or to clear complexion.
Visually as a garnish, Apple blossoms have a quaint and elegant appearance. Their sweet flavor also complements fruits like lemon, pear, apricot and quince, or other edible aromatic flowers such as rose, jasmine, and elderflower. Apple blossoms may be steeped as a tea, made into jelly or aged in vodka for an aromatic cordial.
Apple blossoms are just one of the many flowers that are used in Chinese herbal medicine. There their name is Pin Guo Hua and they are an integral part of maintaining the mind and body balance of Yin and Yang.
The apple tree as we know it today was most likely the result of a wild hybridization from species in central Asia. Evidence of the earliest edible apple was found in the Jordan Valley and dates back to 6,500 B.C. Apple trees thrive in loamy or heavy clay soils with adequate drainage and are most fruitful when planted full sun.
Recipes that include Apple Blossoms. One is easiest, three is harder.
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