Cornus kousa – Kousa Dogwood

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Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) is a common landscape plant that is native to Japan, Korea, and China.
Kousa dogwood produces edible fruits that ripen in the end of summer. The fruits are ripe when the skin is orange-red and the fruit is slightly soft to the touch and easily pulls off the tree.
The fruit has gritty skin that is technically edible, but tough. The pulp is gooey and has a flavor reminiscent of persimmon, mango, and pumpkin. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. It can be turned into jam, pies, or wine.
Kousa dogwood fruits are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They have been used medicinally to boost the immune system, fight cancer, and decrease inflammation.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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