In a large pan boil the berries with a little water on a medium heat for 10 minutes until the berries are soft. July 2010 - Mahonia is a commonly planted shrub in gardens and parks - it can also sometimes be found naturalised in woodland - the berries are supposedly edible, but what are they like? These are my local berries - in the early summer, the bushes are laden with hundreds of strands of these little purple jewels. Simply add them to the recipe you’re most familiar with exactly as you would raisins or dried. Fish out the lavender buds. They dissolve into a soft creamy filling that tastes like a cross between guava and peach and complements the crumbly topping perfectly. Mahonia are native plants that grow profusely throughout the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) bushes are native to the West Coast from northern California to British Columbia. They’ll keep you well-stocked with this tart delight! I've googled several websites, some say they are poisonous, some say they aren't! It is called “dull” because its leaves are not as shiny as Tall Oregon […] They are the state flower of Oregon. You can follow this recipe and use the berries of your choice. Cattle are extremely unlikely to eat the berries, much to small and, in the UK at least, Mahonia is a shrub not a creeping plant. Cool slightly and either put through a food mill or press through a sieve to remove the â¦ Mahonia & Lavender Oat Bars: Berry Delicious! Strawberry Tree Crumble Cake…The Magical Forgotten Fruit! In Spring agarita shrubs are loaded with small, bright red berries. Not much to say, except that is extremely easy to make. Mahonia japonica 'Bealei' Sku #6090 An attractive, upright shrub with distinctive evergreen foliage and terminal clusters of showy, fragrant yellow flowers followed by highly ornamental, powder-blue to black, grape-like fruit clusters. La Befana Cake: Honouring The Old Witch of Winter, Triple Dark Chocolate Cheesecake: An Offering For Hekate’s Night, Doe, A Deer, A Female Reindeer: The Spirit of Winter Solstice, Spicy & Sweet Hawthorn Ketchup: Reviving a Traditional Recipe, Citrusy Spruce Glazed Shortbread: Flavour Of The Forest, Aromatic & Spicy Juniper Berry Sugar Stars, Grand Fir Dark Nougat: Winter Solstice Sweets, Winter Woodland Medicine: Delicious & Warming Tonic Syrups, Reclaiming The Radical Legacy Of The Witch, Beautiful Venus Vinegar: Autumn Medicine & Magic, Cornucopia Magic: Invoking The Horn of Plenty. Plus it doesnât have the large pit-like seeds of the Oregon grape berry, which means you can use the whole berry in baking and desserts without any sieving. Primrose and Pansy Coconut-Oat Balls: Pretty & Good for You Too! There is also a non-native “grape” from China called Mahonia ‘bealei’, it is also an edible berry but is considered a noxious weed in the US. Liked it? So now is the time to harvest, but be warned – the berries will stain your fingers and hands bright pink when you pick them -so donât go anywhere fancy after.Â. Some are good for covering the ground while others are imposing subjects for the back of a border. Take off the heat and cool, then pass through a sieve ensuring none of the seeds pass through. A favorite recipe is in the form of berry jam, but there’s also liquor, syrup and more. They are flavorful, however, and can be used to make a delicious jam or jelly. This shrub's ability to tolerate many sites, and the fact that birds eat the berries, has allowed leatherleaf mahonia to naturalize in parts of the United States. This a pretty straightforward crumble cake recipe and I really think the Strawberry tree fruits/berries are yummy in it. Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) is the Oregon state flower. By Joyce Lindsey OâKeefe Website Exclusive â¢ August, 2008 Oregon Grape ( Mahonia are native plants that grow profusely throughout the Pacific Northwest. Since they’re really tart, best to add something softer and smoother such as: If at first it tastes too tart (which certainly might happen!