[Sca-cooks] Wanted: Ash Tree Keys/Seeds

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Sat Aug 25 15:39:06 PDT 2012


We've lost our ash trees here due to the invasive
Emerald Ash Borer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_ash_borer
http://stopthebeetle.info/

I know you can't move firewood. I am uncertain if ash keys would be on the prohibited list of ash products.

Johnnae

On Aug 25, 2012, at 12:22 PM, lilinah at earthlink.net wrote:snipped
> 
> In my attempt to recreate Atraf al-Tib, i am searching for Ash Tree Keys. These are the seeds of the tree encased in a wing-like leafy fibrous coating. Unlike Maple Keys, which have two wings and spiral beautifully, Ash Keys have a more tongue-like shape, in keeping with the Arabic name of that mystery ingredient.
> Photo of keys of one type of ash:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fraxinus_excelsior_4560.jpg
> I've read that they can even stay on the tree until spring. I also posted here some time ago a message i received which said they have something of a bitter-almond taste and were used in European cooking at some point. snipped


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