Wild Olive tree

RustyJune 18, 2011

Are the fruits of the Wild Olive trees edible?

And if they are,

How would you process them?

I've asked a few people around here,

But no one seems to know.


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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I don't think so. My aunt had a huge one and she never did anything with the fruit.
This was a working farm in the valley and she canned anything she could.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 12:37PM
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ExoticRGVNativesTy(10a TX)

Yes, the fruits of Cordia boissieri are edible but slightly toxic when fresh, causing dizziness. Jellies made from the fruit are supposedly safer to eat. They also have medicinal uses.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2011 at 3:11PM
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Thank you both for the replies.
I kind of figured that.
Sure was hoping to find they could be turned into olives.
They really do look like they could be!
Now I'm curious as to what jelly made from them,
Would taste like.


    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 1:37PM
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ExoticRGVNativesTy(10a TX)

In Asia, the immature fruits of related Cordia species are eaten pickled, much like olives. If you are feeling adventurous, I think pickled C. boissieri fruits are worth investigating.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 8:33PM
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