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samthehavanese
Mohrsville, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2012
10:57 AM

Post #9082186

Trying to find some info on these wild plants. The 'apple' is said to be edible when ripe, but how to tell when they are ripe? Curious about these as I have hundreds of them growing in my woods.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 14, 2012
11:59 AM

Post #9082273

yellow and soft

I think before that it can be toxic
samthehavanese
Mohrsville, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2012
12:02 PM

Post #9082277

Thanks. I've read that the foliage is toxic, but the fruits are supposed to be okay.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

April 14, 2012
10:00 PM

Post #9082902

Check again to be sure - i have heard fruit is toxic if no t fully matured. Are you planning preserves?
samthehavanese
Mohrsville, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9083111

No real plans for the fruit yet. Just trying to learn more about them right now.

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9083948

You might start here: http://glge.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/mayapple/
You can google "mayapple recipes", and most books on wild foods give info.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2012
8:35 PM

Post #9084097

cooking the apples speed ripens em if you are into the jelly, but wait til ripe if eating fruits,
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2012
12:11 PM

Post #9090403

I read the entire plant is poisionous (except ripe apples.) Be careful.
samthehavanese
Mohrsville, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 21, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9091969

Thanks for all the replies.
samthehavanese
Mohrsville, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 22, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9092669

Some of the Mayapples and Trout Lilies in my woods.

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passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9098654

In his book "Natures Garden--A Guide to identifying, harvesting and preparing Edible Wild Plants" Samuel Thayer states that all parts except the fruit are toxic. The unripe fruit is also considered toxic. "The ripe fruit turns to a light, dull yellow or brownish yellow. It has a delicious tropical scent..." "My favorite thing to do with mayapples is to tear a hole in the skin, suck out the pulp and enjoy its flavor as I spit out the seeds." He shows photographs of ripe and unripe fruit. Overall it is a great book that I have found very educational and recommend!
samthehavanese
Mohrsville, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 27, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9100563

Thanks for the info. I will check it out.
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9102998

All parts of the Mayapple are listed as toxic except the ripe fruit. The ripe fruit looks like a small, slightly wrinkled, lemon and is quite delicious, if you can find one that hasn't been eaten by the local wildlife. Unfortunately the fruits are normally devoured by deer before they fully ripen. But they are easy to grow if you have a shady spot. Mayapples burn in too much sun, making the leaves turn red, and stunting the plant.

Only the two leafed plants flower and produce fruit, a single flower is produced, slung low in the V between the two leaves, the single leaf plants are sterile.

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Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9105566

Definitely easy to grow when they're happy!

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kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9129481

Mayapple colonies have spread in the last few years, as if unharvested in a lot areas, am seeing them in abundance in many states
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9129504

I saw some new variegated Mayapples for sale. But, not hardy where I am.

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