Not quite grape jelly…

These cluster of “grapes” are salt lovers and therefore a popular native of Florida. Sea Grapes (Coccoloba uvifera) are able to be used as shrubs, hedges and even trees; one species with mulitple personalities. Yes, the fruits can be made into jam! Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg
These Sea Grapes are ripe when red in color and grow on female plants. The plants themselves are used along beaches for erosion control. When grown as trees they can block the light from buildings that reach the shore so that mama turtles aren’t confused after laying their eggs; they follow the moonlight back into the sea after laying eggs into their deep sand nests. Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg

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