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11-01-2008, 07:58 PM
I've found a delicous new wild food. Maybe some of you guys know about it? It's call the russian olive, or autumn olive. Originally imported from russia as an ornamental shrub and has escaped into the wild (go figure).
It's considered an invasive species like kudzu. However it's here to stay. They grow here in east TN and I guess many other places. They seem to prefer semi shade as thats usually where I find them.
They have a nice twang to them untill they get ripe which has been all of october. You can find more info at wildman Steve brills website or a web search. Me and the kids love to eat them. Supposedly they have about 10 times the lycopene as tomato's... Anybody else have a wild food they like to harvest and eat???

11-01-2008, 08:02 PM
Had never heard of them. Interesting. Here's a write up and a map of where they are found.


Lot's of wild food. We supplement "store" food with lots of varieties.

11-01-2008, 08:04 PM
I wonder how they would be in Russian vodka.:D

11-01-2008, 08:05 PM
Amazing story about wild stuff. The Mars Rover has discovered both salt and ice on Mars. NASA is now looking for Vodka.

11-01-2008, 10:35 PM
Salt and Ice? Time might be better spent looking for limes and tequila!

Runs With Beer
11-02-2008, 05:48 PM
Down here my favorute wild veggie is Palm heart or swamp cabbage, Mmmm Mmmm!