Autumn Olives Elaeagnus umbellata... harvest invitation
- Second opportunity - the other tree - larger then the first and
maturing a month later.
Please arrange a time for this high nutrient dense fresh sour berry
(low glycemic). I would like to ask that you donate half of your
harvest so I can arrange an ORAC test to analyze/confirm the nutrient
Thank you so very much.
Meadows Tilth Urban Farm
Vancouver WA 98661 (just off I-205)
360 695 4482
Fordham's colleague, Beverly Clevidence, analyzed the berries. Her
analysis showed that, ounce for ounce, the typical autumn olive berry
is up to 17 times higher in lycopene than the typical raw tomato
(80-90 per cent of the US intake of this nutrient comes from tomatoes
and tomato products).
"The red berries of autumn olive have a high carotenoid content,"
writes Fordham, "and particularly high levels of lycopene (30-70
mg/100g). Lycopene has powerful antioxidant properties, making it of
interest for nutraceutical use."
The berries also contain high levels of vitamins A, C and E, and
flavonoids and essential fatty acids. Lycopene is their main
attraction, though. Lycopene, adds Clevidence, who heads ARS'
Phytonutrients Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, has generated
widespread interest as a possible deterrent to heart disease and
cancers of the prostate, cervix and gastrointestinal tract.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fruit Lab gave the fruit a new
name (or an old name made new again) -- Autumnberry. They've opened an
Autumnberry Research Lab. "A New Fruit for Processing: Autumnberry,
Aki-gumi, or Autumn olive, they say, has "Organic Farming
Possibilities." Requires little or no fertilizer. Easily harvested by
hand or machine. Flavorful fruit.
Although some farmers and horticulturalists grow autumn olive as a
nurse tree, which prepares the ground for black walnut trees, many
consider it too invasive to let stand. It makes sturdy hedgerows and
windbreaks and nourishes the soil in old fields; but in Maine its
nitrogen-fixing ability is blamed for interfering "with the nitrogen
cycle of native communities that may depend on infertile soils."