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Let's discover the autumn berries

Let's discover the autumn berries

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In the fall when nature is preparing for a long winter, certain berries take over from the wilted flowers. Red, purple, blue, black or pink, they in turn bring color to our gardens. Some grow close to the ground, others are climbing, others still shrubby. Some are edible and even delicious, others are toxic. What do they have in common? Their cheerfulness which allows us to accept without pain the transition from one season to another. Let's discover these pretty colorful beads without delay!

Let's discover the ripe autumn berries

J-F. Mahé Later than the berries grown in the garden, the blackberry waits until the end of summer or even the beginning of autumn to ripen and tempt the walker with its juicy fruits and with such a fine taste. Sometimes, who ventures there pricks because the blackberry, let's not forget, is the fruit of the bramble. Also watch out for the clothes she stains mercilessly! Very abundant in hedges, it provides precious food for birds who will enjoy the fruit neglected by walkers.

Let's discover the fall holly berries

J-F. Mahé With its persistent, shiny and jagged leaves, and its clusters of small red fruits ... you will have recognized holly. More than in the fall, it is already in winter that it reminds us, because of the use that is made of its branches in the decorations for the holiday season.

Let's discover the charcoal autumn berries

J-F. Mahé Is there a more delightful spectacle than that of a charcoal at the time of its bloom? In autumn, its branches are covered with half-flower, half-fruit clusters, of a pink which varies according to the species of fuchsia with an old pink tone. And when the heart opens, we discover it with a vitamin-rich orange that brightens our eyes for a long time. Frequent in nature, charcoal tames so do not hesitate to invite it in your garden! Fall under the spell but stay alert because the fruit is deadly.

Let's discover the black nightshade autumn berries

J-F. Mahé The black nightshade, also called "Dog killer", "false blackcurrant" or even "herb to magicians", is a cousin of tomatoes and potatoes, these three plants all belonging to the Solanaceae family. In summer, black nightshade produces delicate small flowers very similar to that of tomatoes. Green berries then form. At this stage, they contain a lot of solanine, a toxic substance which makes them unfit for consumption. Once black, however, the fruit can be eaten because the solanine has almost disappeared.

Let's discover the autumn dogwood berries

J-F. Mahé These small, almost black blue fruits belong to the dogwood, a frequent shrub in hedges to which it brings a touch of color with its red branches and its foliage which is adorned with the same shade when autumn comes. Inedible, they are appreciated by birds who will take care of sowing the seeds once the feast has been digested.

Let's discover the autumn rose hip berries

J-F. Mahé Who owns these fleshy berries, a shiny red-orange? They are called rose hips, and they are the fruit of the dog rose. The charming wild rose then gives way, when autumn comes, to these very decorative berries ... but not only! Because the rose hips have the distinction of being edible. Extremely rich in vitamin C, we will take advantage of its virtues in infusion. For more gourmet use, once softened by the first frosts, it will be transformed into delicious jam. Note that the rose hip is also called "scraper-cul" because it provides hair to scrape. Cut it in half, scrape the seeds and shake them to allow the small hairs around them to come together. You have a terrible scratching hair!

Let's discover the autumn honeysuckle berries

J-F. Mahé After captivating walkers with the heady smell of its flowers, the honeysuckle is then adorned with bright red berries. Be careful, these are toxic! Just look with your eyes while waiting for the time of the next flowering during which this pretty liana will enchant you again.

Let's discover the autumn cenelle berries

J-F. Mahé These adorable little red fruits are cenelles. They belong to the hawthorn, this very common shrub in rural hedges where it fulfills a role of guardian thanks to its thorns. After spring when hawthorn is admired by all for its particularly abundant and fragrant flowering, comes autumn when it is adorned with these small red fruits. These are appreciated in herbal medicine for their ability to regulate the heart rate.

Let's discover the autumn berries

J-F. Mahé A shrub that is often little appreciated and overlooked, black elderberry has many virtues. It is particularly appreciated for its antioxidant action and is part of the traditional pharmacopoeia where it is used in particular to fight against bacterial and viral infections and to stimulate the immune system. If its clusters of flowers make delicious donuts and make an adorable sparkling drink, its fruits are consumed for their part in jelly. Beware, however, of the variety that you pick, because black elderberry is often confused with yèble which is not edible for it.