ForestHarvest: non-timber forest products in Scotland
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Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
Small to medium-sized tree with white flowers and orange berries.
Many types of woodland.
The berries make excellent (slightly bitter) jelly, usually served with meat. They can also be brewed into wine, or soaked in spirits to prepare a type of liqueur.
An infusion of the berries can be used as a gargle for sore throats, and of the bark and leaves for thrush. A teaspoonful of rowan jelly per day is said to stimulate the apetite.
Sprigs of rowan were traditionally used to ward off misfortune and malicious spirits, etc.
Gather the berries in August-November.
Rowan berries are among the 10 most commonly gathered Scottish NTFPs, according to the Wild Harvests report.