By Jean Hall

For The Birds

Equipment Info
State/Province/Region
OT
Country
DE
Nearest Area
Black Forest
Town
Karlsruhe
Description

Each year, the berries on the rowan tree (also called the mountain ash or dogberry tree), put on an eye-catching display that attracts blackbirds, waxwings, crossbills, and many other types of birds. In fact, part of the Latin name of the European rowan (sorbus aucuparia) means “bird catching.” Rowan berries can be made into human food and drink, as well – including brandy, wine, ale, and jams and jellies that purportedly make delicious glazes for venison and fowl. Several websites say the berries can also be substituted for coffee beans, are good for both constipation and diarrhea, have lots of vitamin C, and were used in ancient times as magicians' wands and protection against witches and the evil eye. These particular berries were photographed during our recent trip to Germany's Black Forest area.

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21/05/2013

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