Forage Friday #102 Serviceberry

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One of the true blessings of the Appalachian Spring is of course the opening of the serviceberry bloom. The little frilly looking flowers with a set of tell-tale brown scales at the base just seem to suddenly erupt from the forest edges. They’re usually a few weeks ahead of the dogwoods but are often mistaken for some exotic form of dogwoods by the casual observer.

My grandfather would sometimes recall one of his favorite treats from his childhood during the Great Depression as being serviceberry pie. I can’t seem to recall the exact description He gave but I could tell from the look in his eyes that he was watching himself as child climbing into the trees to gather the berries. And I’ve heard similar stories from others of that generation. So much so that I don’t really understand why a cottage industry of authentic Appalachian serviceberry baked goods wasn’t a thing.

Serviceberry was apparently a favorite among Native Americans as well. It was often included in pemmican which, for those who may not know, is a mixture of meat, fat and fruit that lasted a very long time under primitive conditions.

Aside from pies the fruits can be used to make jam, pastries and as a general snack. The flavor is semisweet and often described as having a mild apple taste. The modern American diet has become so sugary that a lot of old time fruits and sweets don’t seem to trigger the brain’s pleasure centers like they used to. However I can assure you from personal experience that after you cut out heavy sweets for a couple of months those modern candies are almost intolerable and something like serviceberry becomes just right. It’s also a different experience because at that point you’re able to detect subtle nuances in the flavor that was overridden by the sugar before. I see it as being like noticing a masterpiece of art that you couldn’t appreciate before.

The nutritional facts are as follows:

Potassium – 133.3 grams

Vitamin A – 1.3% RDI

Vitamin C – 26.7% RDI

Calcium- 1.3% RDI

Folate – 2.7 RDI

Iron – 2.7 RDI

Magnesium-2.7 RDI

Phosphorus – 2.7 RDI

In reviewing a government study on the nutritional value of serviceberry I noticed that it seems to high in polyphenols which is the same classification of substances that is credited with giving chaga and turkey tail mushrooms some of their medicinal values. While the study didn’t cite any particulars on that they did list some traditional Native American medical uses.

It’s not surprising that Native Americans used the fruit juice as a laxative but what struck me was that it was used as eye and ear drops. The boiled bark of serviceberry was a handy disinfectant for the natives and boiling the roots made a treatment to prevent miscarriages after injuries. A tea made from the twigs was given to women after childbirth and a tonic from the bark was believed to help expel the placenta.

Native Americans also found the wood itself to be useful. The smaller branches and twigs were good for weaving. While thicker pieces made good arrows, canes, canoe frames and digging sticks. To be used as a digging stick in particular the wood had to be tough and hard. They even used it to make pipe bowls.

That’s it for tonight’s Forage Friday.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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First Glow

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The late morning sun fills the empty lake. The once trickling McKee’s Creek now runs steady and the large valves that lay in seldom seen depths have begun to hold back the Gauley River. There’s no doubt in my mind that the legend of the lake bottom has left his well hidden underwater cavern and began to stalk his old hunting grounds after nightfall. The lake awakens to stretch out her shoreline and reclaim her seat among ancient hills. A small but very furry bee buzzes along shore and rises up the face of the cliff to the newly opened blooms. The sun smiles down fondly on the small flowers warms the sweet nectar inside. 
The opening of the “Sarvis” or serviceberry is a special day on the lake  as it announces to the world that changes are well underway.  The flowers catch the sun and glow brightly against the dull brown and gray of the trees and sandstone. They seem to be like little flares signaling that the main event is about to begin. 

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A Day In The Sun

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The big blue truck rolls by slowly as the little weevil climbs from the cluster of mustard flowers. He doesn’t even seem to care if anyone else is even in the same world. All he desires is to sit quietly in the sun. Even if it’s just for a little while. He rejoices that the long deep cold of winter has passed and this day is warm. The sun pushed back the dark curtain of clouds to embrace the world in life-giving light. The new life is coming on strong now. In a few weeks the bare branches will give way to lush green forest. Even as he perches atop his mustard plant the light and wind sweep away the dull brown grass to find soft new blades underneath. The mountain meadow is mostly green now speckled with cheerful dandelion dots that all look up and smile. The small solitary bees are out in force and their metallic green bodies glisten in the sun like a swarm of stars on a clear night. Life in the meadow is good but a day in the sun is the cherry on top.

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A Quiet Moment Of Spring

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The scent of the fresh earth rises up from the forest floor as I search the fallen leaves for signs of the emerging Spring. Care must be taken to not disturb any forest dwellers that hide just below the leaf layer. So I extend my monopod and poke around a bit looking for movement. I’ve never found a viper in this area but there’s a first time for everything. Just above me a chipmunk scurries to the other end of the fallen tree and disappears into the thick leaf layer.

Image Titled “Grass Spider 31721bw”.

A tiny grass spider discreetly climbs from under a nearby leaf and quietly yields right of way to the giant kneeling down in her domain. She’s only interested in remaining invisible and is soon gone. Without her kind I’d be overrun with pests and so I wait patiently for her to be one her way. This is her property too and she has the right to be here.

Looking up to the Dutchman’s Breeches I see that most of them are now open. I know that when they are here that it’s not long before the bluebells arrive. I missed them last year and I’ve been looking forward to a second chance to capture their beauty as well. Mostly I just take a moment to enjoy the outdoors and a little peace of mind.

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The One Who Stands Out

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The late afternoon sun kisses my mountain as I stroll around the yard for a breath of fresh air. I’d thought that maybe I’d catch one of the butterflies resting on a bloom and having a sip of nectar on a warm Spring day. But none were there this time. As I search the depths of the bush through my lens I noticed that among the repeating patterns of little yellow flowers only one seemed to turn its face towards me. Superficially all the flowers are identical. They’re all the same color, size and shape. The majority of them that are in focus are facing the left. But only one that’s looking directly into the lens. We’re often told that our words have power. But we humans actually communicate more with our body language than we do our words. So much so that our dogs are adapted to watch our hands and facial expressions while paying attention to our tone of voice than they pay attention to our vocabulary. If you’re words are powerful then your smile multiplies that power exponentially. So look up from your devices from time to time and give someone a smile. You’d be amazed at how much your warm smile says to people.

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