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Fall-Pacific NW Washington

Fall-Pacific NW Washington
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10
Categories: Trees
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-06 9:51
Viewed: 3391
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
If you have a maple tree, you probably get an overflow of their seeds once a year. The good news is, these are edible. When cooked, they taste like a cross between peas and hominy. They can also be eaten raw or dried, and thrown in a salad. Follow these steps for the best flavor.

Harvest the seeds. They should be gathered when they're full but still green in the spring; run your hands down the branch to gather a bunch in your hands. All maple seeds are good to eat, but some are more bitter than others (a good rule of thumb is: small and sweet, big and bitter). Later, when their shells are brown, they are a little more bitter, but still good.

Hull the seeds. Peel off the outer skin (the "whirlygig" part). Cut the end with your thumbnail. Squeeze out the seed; it looks like a pea or bean.

Rinse out the tannins. Taste a few seeds raw. If they are bitter, you'll need to boil them in water, dump out the water, and repeat until the bitterness is gone

Cook the seeds. If you boiled them already, just season with butter, salt, and pepper and enjoy. If they weren't boiled, here are a few more options:

Roasting - Place the seeds on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 - 10 minutes.
Drying - Put them in a dry, sunny spot or in a food dehydrator until they are crunchy. They can then be pounded or ground into a flour, if you want.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-06 9:55]

Hello Bob,
This is a great shot with a artistic pov.
Great use of the light that brings out total beauty of colour!Very good composition indeed and the most wonderful notes.Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-06 10:00]

I didn't know you could eat maple seeds, though the syrup is good.
A great autumn-flamy shot of the time of year that is upon us now... I wonder if our maple seeds are edible. Must try to find out.
Thanks and take care Bob,

hello Robert
nice shot
beautiful colours
good light and POV

Ciao Bob, lovely autumnal composition, fantastic light and splendid warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-06 10:22]

A nice one Bob.
The warm colours are very attractive. Great composition in good sharpness.

Namastay Bob,
A lovely capture of these beautiful Autumn colors. Excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Good Morning Bob.

Excellent photo. The colours look nice and rich, with the details looking very sharp and clear. The exposure looks good too.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Bob,

is it really true, are the seeds edible from the Acers?
From every specie of Acers?
I heard it now for the first time.
I did'nt know that.
Good and nice autum colour pictures.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-07 17:57]

Hello Bob,
A beautiful fall shot of these maple leaves and seeds. Gorgeous fall colors!! I have never eaten the seeds before, I guess I didn't know you could. TFS. Great notes!
They are just starting to turn colors here in our part of Ohio.

There's something about maple and fall, Bob!
A stunning shot!
I love the composition!

Hi Bob,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showinh the details and colors of the leaves not fallen yet. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Bob.
40 years of taking pictures make you see something mundane and turned it into a fine art. Nice autumn colors with such beautiful details and framing.
Thanks and keep warm.

I'm really digging these autumn leaves.
We don't get a lot of fall and spring around here...we hop straight from summer to winter and back.

Hello Bob

The autumnal warm color tones of these leafs
are very beautiful, on this photo also the light,
fine POV and love the tight framing to the leafs, TFS


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