Mayapples are Finally getting Ripe

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    A lot are still green though.


     
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    Can't say I've ever had or seen one, but I'm game if I do. I really like your knife also. joe
     
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    The knife was a gift from a dear friend.
     
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    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) .
     
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    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?
     
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    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!
     
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    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...
     
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    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.

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    That's a disappointment!
     
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    Yes, and I don't see any fruit on the Pawpaw trees either which is an even bigger disappointment. Maybe next year.
     
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    A friend in Northern Indiana reported seeing some Paw Paws coming on but I haven't had a chance to look.
     
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    The raccoons are getting all the ones in my area before I can get to them...
     

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