Sorbus domestica

True service tree                                                                                          Σουρβιά

Rosaceae - rose family                                                                                       Dicot.


The true service tree, sorbus domestica, is a tree which brings autumn colour to Skopelos, producing bunches of small fruits, which are yellow, flushed with red. Although they resemble small apples, they are very bitter to taste, though they can be eaten when bletted;that is over ripe or touched by frost. They can also be used to make jams and jellies or to flavour drinks. The trees are deciduous and turn pale yellow before falling.

The trees grow throughout central and southern Europe from Spain to the Caucacus, but rare specimens occur in more northern climes, including England and Wales. It is an endangered species in Switzerland and Austria.

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