Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by Hoosier Sasquatch, Jul 15, 2017.
A lot are still green though.
Can't say I've ever had or seen one, but I'm game if I do. I really like your knife also. joe
The knife was a gift from a dear friend.
I remember camping out in a bunch of them, to keep the deer away, waiting for them to ripen.
My grandmother would make may apple jam, ( if I didn't eat most of them, first) .
All the plants in my area didn't seem to get fruit this year. There was the foliage, and some flowered, but after that no fruit? I'm in the area twice a week so I would have seen them growing before animals got to them. Is that unusual?
You know I'm not sure. Maybe they only produce every other year? Where i'm at you'll see a big patch with no fruit and then find two or three plants somewhere and they all have fruit. It's an interesting question!
It is not uncommon for May apples not to bear fruit. They only make a single white flower and from it only one piece of fruit per plant.
As @Hoosier Sasquatch mentioned don't eat the fruit when it's green. It's slightly toxic and if I remember correctly Merriweather said it's a member of the Mandrake family. I have found that some years the fruit is more flavorful than others. My Grandfather said it was dependent on rainfall but I'm not sure...
This spring, the May Apple plants were abundant. They were growing in a low lying swampy area that floods when the creek overflows it's banks. I was looking forward to some fruit but every single one of the plants is dead and gone. I guess they didn't survive all the wetness we've had this year.
That's a disappointment!
Yes, and I don't see any fruit on the Pawpaw trees either which is an even bigger disappointment. Maybe next year.
A friend in Northern Indiana reported seeing some Paw Paws coming on but I haven't had a chance to look.
The raccoons are getting all the ones in my area before I can get to them...