These wild bushes get loaded with berries this time of year. Their history goes back thousands of years in the area, and the berries have a reputation for lowering cholesterol and easing digestive issues (among other uses) and are used in herbal medicine in the rural areas, as well as a snack to munch on.
My farmer friend, Um Elias, had told me recently that they swell-up and taste better after a good rain, so I was eager to test this claim.
She likes to eat them raw when she is farming nearby, and she also (like another lady I know) likes to make a liqueur with the berries.
I can think of other uses, such as an accent in a salad, or dumped in a stew. Why not?
If interested in the myrtle liqueur, here is the link.
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