These berries are liked by a lot of folks here. The berries are munched on raw.
Here is the link to find out what they are exactly (thanks Bassem!).
Now that the weather is finally cool and the air crisp and clean, hunting season has arrived; this is a predicament because in the Lebanese mountains folks are hunting for tiny birds everywhere. It does not seem to faze them if there are houses nearby (even though it is against the law).
I was told by Ghazi, a Lebanese foodie, that birds that feed on these berries and (or) figs are the ones with the most delicate-tasting meat and the ones prized by hunters.
This plant has been around for a long time and associated with Greek mythology (Aphrodite), Roman (Venus), Hebrew history (named hadassah after Queen Esther) and used as a wreath over bride’s heads in certain European communities. It has also been used in medicine and as a food.
NOTE: click on this link for more info.
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