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October 03, 2009


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Re the old plum tree producing great tasting fruit... I've read about exactly that happening with grape vines. You get better wine, the older the vine. Maybe it works that way with fruit trees too.

Do the boys climb any of the trees? I loved tree climbing. When I was growing up, we had a willow in the back yard that was perfect for climbing.


Re the rowan berries: they are very bitter but lose their bitterness with the first frosts.

Wife knows things.



Mmmm, cherries.

Jussi Jalonen

Rowan is a sacred tree up here. There's an old poem:

Pyhä on pihlaja mäellä,
pyhä marja pihlajassa.

Sacred the rowan on the hill,
sacred the berry in the rowan.

According to some interpretations, it's a metaphor for a pregnant woman.

Anyway. You can make very good _wine_ from rowanberries! And when it comes to birds, I'm sure you know that frozen and fermented rowanberries are very popular among bohemian waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus). Since the fermented berries already contain some alcohol, waxwings tend to get a tad drunk sometimes.

However, in the course of the evolution, they've adapted. Their livers are hard-wired to burn alcohol _ten times faster_ than ours.


J. J.


Rowans are called mountain ash in the United States.


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