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Wild Plants That Produce Fruit

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Whether you're curious about wild tastes or you're wanting to learn about survival in the wilderness, learning about the different edible wild plants is a beneficial idea. There are several wild plants that produce edible and nutritious fruits that can be incorporated with a vegan/organic diet, or experimented with for differing flavors. Many fruit-bearing wild plants can be harvested for growth in a controlled environment as well.

Wild Cherry

The wild cherry tree is a deciduous tree that can get as tall as 100 feet. All parts of the plant are toxic, except for the fruits when they are ripe. Once ripened, the fruits produced by the wild cherry tree are small, sweet and vary in color from deep red to nearly black. The flowers produced by the plant before the fruiting stage, are small, white and almost identical in appearance to ordinary cherry blossoms found on common cherry trees. Wild cherry trees are slow growing, and can be propagated by rooting tree clippings in a root solution before transplanting into peat-enriched garden soil.

Dewberry

Closely related to the blackberry, but resembling a raspberry plant, the dewberry is commonly found in Europe, where it is considered a nuisance and a pest, but it can be grown in a controlled garden in prepared soils to produce sweet leaves and fruits. The plant resembles a small raspberry patch that produces several bramble-like vines. The vines are covered in scalloped-edged leaves that are bronze and green in coloration. The fruits vary from light red to deep black on the dewberry vine, appearing to be a combination of raspberries and blackberries on the same plant. Dewberry plants can be grown in sandy, well-drained soil in temperate climates.

Dog Rose

The dog rose plant is a deciduous shrub that produces climbing vines that wrap around trees in forests. The thorn-covered vines produce several blossoms that range in color from white to pink, with vibrant yellow centers. This variety of rose is not only fragrant, but once the petals of the rose fall away, the fruit that is left behind is nutritious and tasty. The rose-hip of the wild dog rose is bulbous, deep red and full of vitamin C and antioxidants. Growing dog rose in your garden is easy with plenty of garden compost and peat moss to keep the soil enriched. Plant it from seed against a trellis, fence or stone wall.

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