Sunday, September 5, 2010

How to distinguish a wolf from a hack (berry, that is)

Note the leaves. Which ones are larger?

Correct, this is Hackberry. Above it, Wolfberry.
Don't let the fruit fool you. Let's review.
Update 1/14/11: Wolfberry: redder, edible
Hackberry: EDIBLE
As Bruce likes to say: "Everything is edible at least once." But just say: "NO!" when Bruce offers you a wolfberry. UPDATE: 1/15/10: I'm embarrassed to discover I didn't cite a source for my claim that Bruce would try to poison you with a wolfberry. Turns out they are edible. The native peoples used both hackberry and wolfberry as food sources. Thanks to Robin for setting me straight on this.

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