Autumn Colour: Orange

Although Halloween has gone by for another year, the mountain ash with its orange berries and green leaves certainly wears distinctively Halloween colours.

Right now, there are many of these fully loaded trees here in the Okanagan; I hope that doesn’t mean that we’re going to experience a difficult winter as I just came through one! Snow at the end of May, anyone? No thank you.

Mountain ash berries have for many years been used as a treatment for diabetes, gout and heart disease, but there hasn’t been enough research completed to indicate just how effective they might be for combatting these conditions. They are also very rich in vitamin C.

One thing is certain though, consuming uncooked mountain ash berries will cause issues. They won’t kill you, but you will experience very significant tummy troubles such as intense pain, vomiting, diarrhea and bloating.

So if you’re interested in trying them, be sure to stew them, turn them into a jam, or juice them after they have been cooked. When I took survival training in the army, we were very specifically warned not to eat raw mountain ash berries.

Happy Tuesday. 🙂

14 thoughts on “Autumn Colour: Orange”

  1. How do they taste? I have diabetes and when the rubber hits the road and the insulin supply dries up, a mountain ash jammie dodger could really hit the spot. I’m not really that worked up about the end of the world and I don’t think that tree even grows at my latitude but it’s something good to know.
    We get all sorts of signs from the flora and fauna regarding the seasonal weather forecast. They are about as accurate as the weatherman, which means it’s pure luck.
    I just laid in a load of firewood for the winter, so half my wood pile is dry from last season and the other half is still pretty green. I’m looking forward to piling up on the sofa with Cathy and listening to the radio when the power goes out.
    When you go up north do you land on an airstrip or somewhere a little more interesting?

    1. I have never tasted them, but if I had to guess, I would probably say that they are really tart.
      A load of firewood and listening to the radio when the power goes out sounds pretty wonderful. Cozy and comforting.
      The north has very well developed airports as these areas where served by aircraft for much longer than the more densely populated parts to the south. I’ll be landing in Yellowknife, one of the older airports in N. America. Even very small northern communities have well developed airports because they are a vital link for goods and services. There are airstrips and lots of airplanes land on the snow when necessary. In Yellowknife we also have an ice runway used when the lake freezes. I did a post about it last winter.
      Cheers Kenny. 🙂

  2. Well that was informative. Having lots of airfields certainly makes sense with all those wide open spaces. What kind of aircraft do you fly? Are there passengers or cargo? Piper cub or C5-A. I was just a kid when the C5-A first came out. They would fly over and the shaking of the air was incredible. My dad told me they transported bulldozers and tanks but I didn’t believe him until I saw one on the ground. You definitely need a lot of hardware to stuff a bird that big.
    You were a military pilot, right? What did you fly then?
    Our last extended power failure was a few years ago, the week before Christmas. Our regional college radio station was playing Grand Ol’ Opry Christmas shows from the ’40’s and ’50’s. It was dark outside, even with the snow, and quiet enough to hear the snowflakes touching the ground. It’s one of my favorite Christmas memories. I’m hoping for another precious memory this Christmas. You have one, too, al right?

    1. The ones used a lot in the north are called combi aircraft. On these, there are both passengers and cargo. The aircraft is constantly reconfigured to allow for less or greater numbers of passengers or freight. I referenced that in this post:

      I am an army combat veteran; I became a pilot after I left the military. The aircraft that did the heavy lifting for us were the CC130 Hercules.

      I am looking forward to a restful Christmas break at home this year! 🙂

      1. Combat veteran…I can’t say that as none of those Soviet submarines my shipmates and I chased around the Pacific ever popped up looking for a fight. Good on you for your courage, we could all be a bit more courageous.
        Cathy would face a whole box full of bullets before she got on a plane, so she would say you are even more courageous than that.
        I saw a c-130 drop a Bradley fighting vehicle out the back door with a drag chute at extremely low altitude once at a demonstration. There was a tidal wave of dirt and grass, it was awesome. I’d say you need to have a pair to do something like that, as ejecting at treetop level seems impractical, if that model is even equipped with ejector seats.
        I’m no fan of war but military hardware blows me away (See how I did that?)
        Let’s all have a restful Christmas break and maybe give one another one as well.
        Keep your stick on the ice…love that.

        1. Thanks, Kenny. 🙂 I didn’t know you were a sub chaser. Having seen war up close, I’m not a fan either, but I agree, some of the hardware is totally amazing (I did see how you did that. 🙂 ).
          Stay handy. 😉

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