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Edible kousa dogwood

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Mom and Maggie kindly came and sat in line with us for two hours at the library so we could get eclipse glasses to replace the knockoffs we'd originally bought. On the way out the door, Kousa dogwoodMaggie asked if I could ID a tree. "I think that's the edible relative of a dogwood..." I said, peering at the puffy red fruits.

Sure enough, when I got home and looked the plant up, it materialized into a kousa dogwood. The fruits are reputed to taste like strawberries or pawpaws, but are a bit tough to eat. You don't consume the skin or the seeds, just squeeze/suck out the soft flesh.

Of course, I didn't take a fruit home with me, so now I'll have to toss this back to the Bristol contingent for a flavor report. If you're brave enough to give one a try...what did you think?



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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I have eaten it a bunch of times and it is tasty. It has a little bit of a grit feel to it. I have another dog wood and it has large red berries which stayed astringent till dried out on the tree.
Comment by BJ Sun Aug 20 08:30:47 2017
Thank you for posting this. I will have to try them and let you know!
Comment by Maggie Sun Aug 20 16:56:07 2017
I love these - they taste like a tart version of ripe mango but softer. You can easily crack the shell with your teeth, eat the fruit and discard the shell. One of my dogs likes them, too!
Comment by Mel Fri Aug 25 19:30:19 2017
The skin is bitter but the flesh inside tastes electric!
Comment by Milton Sun Aug 27 13:51:17 2017





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