Not only blackbirds, waxwings, and starlings taste the orange-red fruits of the mountain ash: you can eat rowanberries too. Properly prepared, they are easily digestible and healthy. Here you can find out what you can do with the supposedly pure bird seed.
Are rowanberries poisonous?
Many people think so, but it’s not true: rowan berries are edible and not poisonous. The plump orange-red berries have a high content of vitamins A and C, so the harvest is worthwhile from a health point of view. The rumor probably stems from the fact that the vast majority of varieties taste bitter when raw – and when consumed in large quantities can actually cause nausea. When you cook rowanberries, the “culprit”, the parasorbic acid contained in them, is neutralized. The fruits turn into a sweet and comforting treat. Similar to elderberries, you can also process rowanberries into jam, jelly, chutney or juice, prepare a rowanberry schnapps or liqueur, and candy the fruit.
When are rowanberries ripe?
The rowan berries growing on umbels are best harvested from September. If you wait for the first frost, you will get more aromatic fruits – the cold breaks down the parasorbic acid. Incidentally, unlike other fruits such as currants, rowan berries stay on the tree in winter. A late harvest is therefore possible as long as your mountain ash has not been cleared by birds and squirrels. However, over time, the vitamin content of the berries decreases.
Recipes for Rowanberries: Jam & Co.
One of the most popular methods of processing is preparing a spread or meat refiner. Whether you prefer jam, marmalade, jelly or chutney is purely a matter of taste. Our preservation tips summarize the basic steps. In addition to the cooking method, you can dry or freeze rowanberries and preserve them in this way. Candied, they taste delicious with hearty meat dishes, as an ingredient in muesli, or as a sweet snack in between meals. In liquid form, the fruits are at their best in culinary terms as schnapps, liqueur, juice, or vinegar. Have you got a taste for it and would like to process other fruits from nature yourself? The expert reveals how to use the berries of the barberry.