Autumn Olive Berries
These ruby red berries, speckled with white grow wild on tall silver-leaved shrubs usually colonizing sunny roadsides.
Their flavor is a unique blend of raspberry and pomegranate with an occasional hint of tomato. Concealed by the juicy pulp is a small edible seed - the overall texture is remarkably similar to pomegranate seeds. The presence of tannins in the fruit gives them a mild astringency. They can be an addictive snack eaten raw or are fabulous cooked into jams, jellies, tarts or processed into fruit leather.
Autumn berries are very nutritious, having 14 times the lycopene found in tomatoes, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. As such they are considered a superfood.
Latin Name: Elaeagnus umbellata