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Fruit like from another planet, Nitraria schoberi

 
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The fruits were a bit over ripe but still tasted good like smoked plums and because of that enviroment wich is like on another planet and the small seeds that look like alien heads plus the fact that i knew im the only one in the whole continent ( Europe)that eats these fruits,made me feel like it was the fruit hunting of my life.
The white powder on the soil its salt and even the fruits are a little salted.
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habitat Nitraria schoberi is growing in
habitat Nitraria schoberi is growing in
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Nitraria schoberi habitat
Nitraria schoberi habitat
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Nitraria schoberi able to grow in salty soil
Nitraria schoberi able to grow in salty soil
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Nitraria schoberi
Nitraria schoberi
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mud volcanoes
mud volcanoes
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mud volcano
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Nitraria schoberi fruit
Nitraria schoberi fruit
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Nitraria schoberi in fruit
Nitraria schoberi in fruit
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Nitraria schoberi seeds
Nitraria schoberi seeds
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mud volcano
 
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you've truly gone to another realm. what a bizarre place, especially to find a fruit.

Did you only eat the two? have you eaten it before? Super interesting, thanks for sharing a new-to-me species
 
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s. lowe wrote:you've truly gone to another realm. what a bizarre place, especially to find a fruit.

Did you only eat the two? have you eaten it before? Super interesting, thanks for sharing a new-to-me species


I ate manny ,houndreds of fruit and ive also made the best liquour i made by now from them wich is dark red similar to the sour cherry liquour but from Nitraria its a lot better because it has no sourness at all.
The place its in Romania on an ancient sea bed with mud volcanoes that spew mud and natural gasses and streams of salt water but much more salty than seawater.
Also the black stuff that you see floating on the mud volcanoes its petrol( oil).
Its the only place in Europe where this rare shrubs grow and they are ancient edible fruits but now a days it became unknown.
In Syria,Irak ,Iran,where there is salt and petrol ,its eaten by the native population,especially kids.
In Australia there are documented cases when aborigens take a break from the sun under a Nitraria bush and they eat all the fruits from the bush( a related Nitraria,not N Schoberi).
 
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This is very interesting Mihai!  From the PFAF description it sounds like it has fruit with a sweet, salty flavor.  Can you describe it's flavor more?
 
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Greg Martin wrote:This is very interesting Vulturul!  From the PFAF description it sounds like it has fruit with a sweet, salty flavor.  Can you describe it's flavor more?


Flavour is sweet and has zero sourness,and a slight biterness after taste .
The biterness is verry slight like the biterness you see on mildly smoked dryed plums and the taste is also similar to dryed smoked plums excepting the sourness.
Its a good fruit that thrives in yellow soil with no compost or organic matter just yellow clay and salt can be added to keep the weeds from competing with it altough the salt its not necessary.
Has little thorns,picking is easy and its a fruit thats safe for mammals( more safe to eat then cherryes wich are toxic for mammals in big quantityes and have evolved for birds).
They are half the size of a smaller cherry and not as good as cherryes raw, thogh in liquours and maybe jams it could beat cherryes and otther such fruits.
 
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Do you know if it is a nitrogen fixer?  Those are some tough conditions!
 
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