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How do I process the fruit of the wild service tree?

I know the berries need to be subjected to frost before they can be dried and consumed.

  • Can I harvest them early and stick them in the freezer for a few hours instead?
  • How do I know when they are dried/ripened enough ready for eating?
  • If this tree is anything like a sloe bush, freezing the berries to fake a frost often leaves you with a much worse flavour than waiting out, but should be possible. :) – Aravona Oct 10 '16 at 14:29
  • I make jams and jellies out of wild berries every year but have never dried wild berries of any sort. I hope you get some good answers. – Ken Graham Oct 10 '16 at 14:30
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I would think that you can adapt any method that is used for medlar or common medlar (mespilus germanica). So freezer should work.

How do I know when they are dried/ripened enough ready for eating?

Take some courage - try one. ;)

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