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Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia)

A mountain ash of the Sorbus (Rose) family. It produces red berries (rowanberries), that are sour and astringent, and can be used to make jelly or to add extra interest to a savoury apple sauce.

A cousin, producing similar but larger green or brown berries, is the Sorb (Sorbus Torminalis); this is more common in Europe, but does occur in Southern England. Its berries can be used in a similar way to the rowan, or again mixed with apple or medlar to make a tart.

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