Drying mountain ash berries

feldon(z7 WA)October 24, 2006

I have a mountain ash tree which is covered with bunches of red berries. How do I go about drying them. I want to use them in a wreath.


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I hope someone with actual experience with Mountain Ash berries will respond but in the meantime I'm going to suggest you experiment if you have enough time (and berries).

I've never even seen a Mountain Ash but I've dried berries from lots of other trees and shrubs by just clipping twigs or branches and standing in a container with no water. Or lay them out on newspaper or racks to dry. When I try something unfamiliar to me, I try a few just barely ripe (red) and some ripe, as often one type will last longer dried or shrink/discolor less. It's mostly just trial and error for me. Some might even drop off the stem once dried when you work with them so it might be better to make your wreaths with the fresh berries and let them dry on the wreath. Just pick a few twigs and experiment.

This is just to maybe get you started...still hoping someone who really knows their berries ~smile~ will chime in. Good luck. josh

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 7:02AM
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I would be interested in purchasing a package of dried Mountain Ash berries for my Ras el Hanout.
Pleeeeese contact me if that is possible.

Warm regards,
Renee; sole proprietor, Chumley & Stellas & Co.s

    Bookmark   November 14, 2006 at 9:18AM
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