Amber Autumnberry

Amber Autumnberry, or Amber Autumn Olive – sibling to its red variant – is a sweet-tart refreshing little fruit that is very easy to pick if the fruit is within reach on the tree. It grows in bunches. Apt description of it at the Walden Effect:

“Autumn Olive fruits are both tart and sweet (comparable to a Winesap apple), with a very unique flavor that reminds me of the sweet, ornamental crabapples we used to scavenge on our walks home from the library as a kid.  Autumn Olive berries do have seeds, but the seeds are about the consistency of a cashew, so it’s easy to just chomp the whole thing up.” 





2 thoughts on “Amber Autumnberry

  1. Is this Elaeagnus angustifolia? Where is it located? I’ve never heard of “amber autumnberry,” but Michael Dirr says angustifolia has yellow drupe-like fruit coated with silver scales, is sweet and mealy, and ripens August through September. Your photos don’t look at all like the red Elaeagnus fruits I’ve found – no silver spots, round shape, and that dark spot at the bottom. Strange!

    I am still fairly new to the fall-ripening red species – umbellata. I’m really thrilled with umbellata, which I picked from a purchased tree (not growing wild) in October of 2019 in the northern Finger Lakes region of central NYS. Is this anything close to it, flavorwise?


    1. Good question. Came across this in the wild in northcentral West Virginia and assumed it was amber autumn olive, but you’re right, the shape and stem and look are off and no silver specks. Thinking about it now, it looks sort of like pin cherry, except not red. Is there an amber pin cherry? It was not sweet. Was tart. Also, I think like pin cherry. This was post-frost so I wondered if it had bletted a bit. Don’t know what to think it might be now.

      I agree that red autumn olive, aka autumnberry, eleagnus umbellata is typically sweet and good despite the sunflower husk type seed in the middle.


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