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December 9th: A Winter White Berry

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There are practically no street decorations this year, even less than last year, so I decided to turn to nature again for hints that Christmas is coming. So... this is the Portuguese Crowberry (Corema album), "camarinha", an edible pea-sized berry much appreciated by the local mushroom hunters. And since over here the mushroom season overlaps with the holiday season, and this shrub looks very christmassy when it's full of these white beries... Well, personally I consider them a symbol of the season. They're not exceptionally tasty, but they're fresh, crunchy and succulent. They bring back memories from my childhood, from when my grandparents took me mushroom hunting with them and taught me to love these berries, and they really get me in the mood for the season.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season, filled with love, joy, warmth, and whatever it is that makes this season special and unique to each one of you.

Posted by Dania

9th Dec 2012, 10:32  

mysteritmo says:

Nice shot. Happy holidays to you, Dania!

9th Dec 2012, 10:51

Gael says:

Good choice!
Have a great Christmas

9th Dec 2012, 11:12

Viv says:

lovely focus - enjoyed sharing your memories

9th Dec 2012, 11:26

Twiglet says:

Lovely shot : - )

9th Dec 2012, 12:26

taniwha says:

You've found the mythical peppermint tree

9th Dec 2012, 12:30

Dania says:

Thanks all :)

9th Dec 2012, 23:46

MaggieD says:

Another 'Lovely' from me, and I love sharing childhood memories

10th Dec 2012, 17:52

crickson says:

Interesting, and a great shot too. Merry Christmas!

11th Dec 2012, 06:14

Dhamaka says:

It's a beautiful shot Dania and what you've written is very interesting too.
Have an absolutely wonderful one yourself

11th Dec 2012, 22:32

swamprose says:

lovely. I know the cousin of this plant, which is also called crowberry--but it has black berries, hence Corema nigrum--but it grows way up north. It is picked for pies and jams but it doesn't taste very good on its own so usually it's mixed with blueberries. Wonder how the white one tastes.

merry christmas, D.

17th Dec 2012, 13:21

Beautiful :D wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season x

18th Dec 2012, 17:56

Dania says:

Thanks, everyone! :)

23rd Dec 2012, 00:03

rhys says:

:) Merry Christmas!

24th Dec 2012, 10:53