Bladder Nut - Green berries
Common name: Bladder Nut, Wild Coffee
The bladder-nut does form small, pendulous flowers (max. 10 mm) that are creamy white and sweetly scented in spring and early summer. Thereafter roundish berries develop, completely enveloped in a papery and inflated bladder-like structure – hence its popular name. Various fruit-eating birds will feed on the fleshy red berries. The seeds can be roasted, ground and used as a substitute for coffee. The wood can be used for making household articles, whilst the bark and root have medicinal properties.