Lately when I’ve taken Oscar out to the play yard, he will chase and fetch the ball for about 10 minutes but then he starts eating something on the ground and he totally loses interest in the ball. When he starts eating whatever it is, I put the leash on him and we go back in the house. Last night I was telling a friend about it and she said “I hope they aren’t toxic”. Yea . . me too!
I asked Vince what kind of trees those are and he said he thought they were Elms. I googled Elms to see if they made fruit and they do but they get ripe in the spring. Then I came across this article where the person thought they were Elms but they’re Hackberries and these are the berries Oscar seems to love. Who knew Hackberry trees make berries that are edible and actually seem to have good nutritional value? We had Hackberries in Texas but I’m not sure if they made berries or not.
I think the berries are falling off kinda early this year because of the drought but I’m not sure. I would never have noticed them had Oscar not been eating them.
I’m glad to know what they are and that they are edible. Some day if we have to forage for our food, at least I’ll know about the berries of the Hackberry trees.