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Sweet Viburnum. Nanny-Berry. Sheepberry

Categories: Vii Wild Food On The Trail

The fruit of the sweet viburnum, nanny-berry or sheepberry, is said to

be edible. It grows on a small tree, of the honeysuckle family, in the

woods and by the streams from Canada to Georgia and west as far as

Missouri. The tree has a rusty, scaly bark and broad, oval leaves,

pointed at the tip and finely toothed. The flower clusters are large

and, though white, they appear yellowish from the many yellow anthers at

the centre. When entirely ripe the fruit is a dark blue or black and is

covered with a bloom; before ripening it is crimson. The berry grows in

clusters on slender red stems. It is elongated and rather large. At its

summit is the calyx and stigma. The seed inside the berry is a stone

which is flattened, blunt-pointed, and grooved. The fruit ripens in

September and October.