Category Archives: Fruits

Arbutus unedo

Strawberry Tree – Arbousier In autumn you can’t miss this tree when you come across it.  The fruits are so noticeable, initially green, then yellow, orange and finally red.  They resemble strawberries, hence the name.  As the strawberry tree has … Continue reading

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Opuntia spp.

Prickly Pear – Le figuier de Barbarie Native to the Americas. Introduced into Europe by the Spanish colonists on their return from the Americas. They now grow all over the Mediterranean region.  Prickly Pears have flat rounded pads (Cladodes). They … Continue reading

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Celtis australis

European Nettle Tree – Micocoulier The leaves of this tree look so similar to the leaves of nettles, hence the name.  It grows 15-20 m tall.  The flowers are rather small, male and female on the same tree, single or … Continue reading

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Ficus carica

Common Fig/Le Figuier  Taking my dog for his daily walks, I pass five wild fig trees, all of them fruiting at the moment.  I press the fruits to see if they are ripe and eat them as I go along … Continue reading

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Olea europaea

Olive blossom – Fleurs d’Olivier After reading an article by Barbara Wilde, http://www.frenchgardening.com, describing a walk on the old olive terraces around Goult, we were inspired and although it is over two hours driving from where we live, we felt … Continue reading

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Sambucus nigra

Elderberry – Sureau noir – Sambucus nigra When you are driving around in May and you see a small tree or large shrub, covered in blossom, it is most likely to be an Elderberry. It is native to Europe, North … Continue reading

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Blossom

In Provence, you feel winter is over when the first Almond blossoms appear, on the coast around the end of January and with us,  about 2-3 weeks later.  This is followed in early spring by the blossom of the Blackthorn, … Continue reading

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Prunus spinosa

Sloe/Blackthorn – Prunellier/L’Epine Noir In the winter it is Sloe picking time!  Before picking, the berries have to have been exposed to a period of frost or alternatively you put them in the freezer to create a similar condition.  Just … Continue reading

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