|American hazelnut bush growing alongside our bike trail.|
|Hickory leaf. Now that I'm thinking straight,|
I can see that this is obviously different
from a butternut leaf.
|Young butternut tree growing in my garden.|
A recent foraging walk with Russ Cohen (who also led a walk I attended in the spring; see my May 9 post) confirmed what I already knew to be the case. He showed us a real butternut tree, which looked so much like a walnut tree that at first I thought it was one. Alas, this tree didn't seem to be producing any nuts. The walk took place on a nearby organic farm that is amenable to foraging, so if there had been nuts, I probably could have gathered some this fall. Alas, I will have to keep searching for a productive wild butternut tree -- or wait about 20 years for the ones I planted in my garden this year to reach nut-bearing maturity.
|I found more hickories |
along our local bike trail.
|American hazelnuts in husk.|
There are two kinds of hazelnuts in America: beaked and American. The ones I've found are American hazels, and the bushes are one of the most abundant in eastern North America. In addition to finding many bushes under the powerlines my friend pointed me to, I also noticed a large thicket along our local bike trail.
|Elderberry bushes loaded with unripe fruit.|
|Elderberries and leaf.|
|Riper elderberries, but still not ripe.|
|The butternut tree at the organic farm where I went on the foraging walk led by Russ Cohen. This picture didn't turn out that great, but you get the idea.|