Growing Tree Crossosomatales - Order


The order Crossosomatales stands within the huge clade Rosids, but itself contains only seven families, and only one family provides anything edible.   Photo of Bladdernut Tree Staphylea colchica by Isfisk distributed under license Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Bladdernut Family - [Staphyleaceae]

Some others of the 10 bladdernut species may provide edible seeds flowers or oil, but I have no definitive information on them.


European Bladdernut   -   [Staphylea pinnata]
Flowering Branch

This small tree (to 20 feet) is native to Europe and naturalized in the British Isles. Panicles of white bell shape flowers develop into bladder-like fruit containing seeds. The seeds are edible and said to taste similar to pistachios.   Photo by Marco Schmidt distributed under license Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Jonjoli   -   [Colchis Bladdernut, Caucasian Bladdernut; Jonjol (Armenia); Staphylea colchica]
Picled Jonjoli Flowers 01h

Native to Republic of Georgia, this small tree (to 10 feet) produces panicles of small white bell shape flowers that develop into bladder-like fruit containing seeds. The flowers are edible and decorative in salads. They are much sought after in Georgia to use as pickled appetizers. The seeds can be pressed to yield an edible oil. The seeds are about 1/4 inch long.   Details and Cooking.


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