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109 (FF: Berry Trees and Minty Leaves | ベリーの木、ミントの葉っぱ)

April 29, 2011

Mulberries | 桑の実

Maybe it’s the city girl in me, but I’m usually reluctant to pick a fruit off a random tree and eat it. Various sources of paranoia come along with it, the first being the most obvious: can I die from it? Is it poisonous? Has it been showered with pesticides? Second being, is it private property? Am I possibly stealing fruit off of someone’s precious tree??

In this day and age, I think these are relevant concerns, whether the tree is in an urban or country environment. (And unfortunately, it is probably extremely relevant in Japan right now with the nuclear plants.)



Mulberries 2 | 桑の実 2

Yuval on the other hand, having grown up in a kibbutz, is fearless of eating random fruits off of trees. It’s what he did growing up and he can name almost any tree.

He did the same with this berry tree in the kibbutz. And upon confirming with my very own eyes that he did not double over and fall to the ground after a few bites (sorry love!) I slowly ate my very first Random Berry Off A Tree. And I’m happy to report I have not died, have not gotten sick, and still have yet to be chased away by an angry tree owner. It has now become a ritual whenever Yuval and I walk past the tree to pick and eat the berries to our hearts’ content. There’s something very rewarding about picking out my own berries, filling my palm with them, and eating them right then and there.

I also learned that the type of these berries are mulberries and are the source of silk! This may be basic knowledge to you, but I had no idea. Learning something every day!




Mustard flowers | マスタードの花

Back in February, I also risked my life by eating a Random Flower Off the Road. (A big risk taker, that’s me!) This of course was also after making sure Yuval did not fall to the ground after popping a few flowers in to his mouth. (Love you, honey!!) As I mentioned in this old post, these yellow mustard flowers were faintly spicy and had a nice zing to it. Another flower I never knew about.


Mint leaves | ミントの葉っぱ

The other day I discovered that these plants I walk past every day are mint leaves. One of our friends that were visiting picked a leaf off a branch before I could stop her. I on the other hand would never do such a thing because these plants belong to my neighbor and I know she is very, very, protective about her plants. But my oblivious friend breathed in the smell of the leaf before putting it under my nose. It was bursting with that wonderful minty smell!

Mint leaves are one of the things that are abundant here in Israel but are not as available back in Japan. Called nana in Hebrew, they are a common ingredient in cooking and are also offered in both hot and cold water as nana tea, a drink I have come to love. They are very pretty on the eyes too.

So now you know that if you don’t hear from me in a while, it might just be that I accidentally ate a random poisonous fruit off a tree. But with my very reliable guinea pig tree expert, I think those chances are very slim!




A very berry and minty weekend to you my friends,

Much love,

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Faux Farmer permalink
    May 21, 2011 3:47 am

    I am constantly tasting wild things growing on our ranch. I think I even had some hemlock before I realized what it was. My better half is disgusted with me, but I still keep doing it. Curiosity is a gift and a bane.

    • May 21, 2011 10:04 am

      I think it’s definitely a gift 🙂 I want to get more curious too.

      • Faux Farmer permalink
        May 22, 2011 1:21 am

        Ha ha. Watch out what you wish for!


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