We are lucky indeed to receive such treasures from trees. As if clean air, houses, furniture and paper weren't enough, trees provide. . .
and caramel apples on a picnic bench in the shade.
Sometimes trees give us friends too.
The kids and I were recently walking home from downtown when we saw a woman picking fruit from a tree. We had passed this tree thousands of times, but I had never noticed its fruit. In an effort to turn our walk into a learning experience, I asked the woman what kind of tree it was and if we could sample the fruit. Meet the jujube. The small fruits have a texture similar to apples and a very mild taste.
Even better than the fruit was the beautiful lady who shared with us. Susan makes tea with the jujubes and has invited us over to share some tea with her. She writes Korean cookbooks (check out her website). I am so excited to learn more about Korean cuisine and Aidan is very happy to have a new friend. If it hadn't been for the tree, we wouldn't have found this treasure.
What wonderful gifts have the trees bestowed upon you?