This plant is a perennial thorny shrub growing up to 12 feet high and native to central and southern Europe, northwest Africa and central Asia. The fruits are edible though have a very sharp taste and are sources of vitamin C. The fruits have been used historically to make jam. Many small birds eat the fruit and disperse the seeds in their droppings. There is a very popular Russian candy…


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