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The Grapes of Cocoa Beach

During a recent trip to Cocoa Beach, Anne and I walked from our small suite to the Atlantic Ocean beach front. Our short hike took us through a dune community dominated by a dense growth of sea grapes, a tree flattened by sea breezes and thriving in the dry sandy soils. Large rounded green leaves, coated in wax to protect the plant from salt water spray and to reduce the loss of moisture to the air, hid the thick branches supporting the plant. The clusters of small green fruit that resemble grapes will ripen into burgundy colored edibles in late summer. It is edible although you’ll be competing with wildlife for the ripened berries. Hopefully, Anne and I will get back to see birds and other wildlife eating this fruit and we may just try it ourselves.

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