Nyssa sylvatica – Black tupelo

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Black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) is a native tree that produces edible fruits in the fall. The tree can live hundreds of years and grow up to 100 feet tall.
Black tupelo has alternate, single-lobed leaves that turn bright red in the fall. The branches come off the tree at a 90 degree angle. The tree produces small, white-green flowers in the spring which become green berries in the summer. The berries ripen to dark blue in the fall.
The berries have 1 large seed inside. They have a sweet and sour plum-like taste. The flavor varies from tree to tree. Berries can be enjoyed raw or used in jams, sauces, or drinks.

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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