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En

Växter/PlantsPosted by Gunvor 2011-03-02 20:49:21

En - Juniperus communis - is 'common juniper. It's the third conifer hereabouts, after gran - spruce - and fur (or tall) - pine.

The old saying goes:

"När alla enbär mogna
Blir alla flickor gifta - och trogna"

"When all juniper berries ripen
All girls will be married - and faithful"

The catch is that juniper berries take time to ripen - there are unripe green berries and ripe dark blue ones on the same twig.

(I just looked for a translation of kart in my English dictionary and it was translated as "unripe green berry", and äppelkart as "unripe apple")