Amazing Flowering Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit


Welcome to the Garden of Eden, circa 2014.

Having grown up on a farm in Reading, Pa., New York artist Sam Van Aken has spent the past five years planting veritable Trees of Life all over the United States. Officially called Trees of 40 Fruit, these bountiful timbers are capable of growing forty different varieties of stone fruits including cherries, plums, apricots, and peaches, all on a single tree.

Working with the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Aken used a process called chip grafting to map the different fruits to different parts of the tree, depending on how they would bloom in relation to one another. According to Epicurious, each Tree of 40 Fruit looks normal through most of the year, but bloom in spring and summer to produce vibrantly pink-hued flowers and fruits.

So far, Aken has planted 16 Trees of 40 Fruit in public spaces like museums and community centers as well as private collections throughout the U.S. His ultimate goal is to plant a small orchard of them in an urban setting. Just watch out for snakes.

Picthx Epicurious


Chocolate Cherry Cake Bombs


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Here’s How to Make Cherry Pie Jello Shots, Complete with Mini Graham Cracker Crusts

So the family-centric holidays are technically over (unless you’re one of those people who actually enjoys boozing it up with gramps, ya freak). But that doesn’t mean the family-centric holiday-themed treats have to end. In fact, why not keep the fun of all the suffocating hugs and ugly sweaters and forced smiles going by whipping up some of these Cherry Pie Jello Shots for your favorite New Year’s Eve bash?

Because nothing says awkward familial gathering like a delicious slice of cherry pie.

Brought to us by the “queen of jello shots” herself, That’s So Michelle, these delightfully simple tarts are made by pouring your cherry-flavored jello/vodka mix into pre-made mini pie crusts. Best of all, each “pie” can be cut up into smaller individual slices, guaranteeing there’s enough awkward tasty holiday misappropriation to go around.

Check out the full recipe and photos, here.

H/T That’s So Michelle


This Chocolate Death Star is Not a Trap

But it is way smaller than a womp rat. Unfortunately, too, because this chocolate crafted, cherry-filled wonder looks easier to destroy (via nom) than the actual Death Star.


Post 2012 Prediction: Bacon [HUMOR]

Who’s to say they’ll know for sure what will happen once the year 2012 ends? All I know is, with bacon being such a ridiculously popular trend in the last few years, if we ever do end up in a nuclear fallout the post apocalyptic world won’t just have radioactive zombies to worry about.


Pistachio Cherry Biscotti

This “American” biscotti, is not as hard as the kind you might find in cellophane at your local coffee shop. The salty pistachio pairs well with the sweet, fruity cherry. You could add whatever mixins you like, but I think they’d still have been great left plain.

Make sure you don’t use the pistachio “kernels” though, their flavor is too overpowering for these. Unfortunately, that’s what I accidentally grabbed at the store so that’s what I used. I had to just imagine how much more delicious they’d have been if I’d used proper pistachios.

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup sweet or sour dried cherries
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a large (18 x 13-inch) baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, whisk salt, baking powder, salt, and flour. Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, don’t stress if your mixture looks a little curdled. Lower the mixer speed, add the flour, and mix until smooth. The dough will still be soft and sticky. Stir in the pistachios and cherries.

Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet, shaping it into a rough log about 14 inches long. It will be about 2 1/2 inches wide and about 3/4 inch thick.

Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let cool until you can handle it (5 minutes, or up to 20 minutes). Lightly but thoroughly spritz the log five minutes before cutting, making sure to cover the sides as well as the top. This will soften the crust a bit to make slicing the biscotti easier. While you wait, reduce the oven to 325°F.

Cut the biscotti into 1/4- to 3/4-inch slices. Without nuts or any add-ins, is easy to slice thin. Once you start adding chips, almonds, raisins, and other chunky ingredients, a 3/4-inch slice is more realistic. When you’re slicing, be sure to cut straight up and down, if you cut at an angle, biscotti may be thicker at the top than the bottom, and they’ll topple over during their second bake.

Set the biscotti upright on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer them to a rack to cool.


Chocolate Zombie and Brain Bon Bons

Regardless of what time of year it is, can you ever really get enough zombies in your life? Not actual zombies of course, that would be terrifying. What’s also terrifying are these zombie bon bons–terrifyingly delicious that is. All misdirection aside, these bon bon’s come shaped in the likeness of blood-spattered flesh munchers, only made out of chocolate.

These delicious treats let you turn the tables on the zombie-human food chain by letting you take a bite out of their heads for a change. Instead of brains, human zombie munchers are treated to a bright-red cherry filling. ($14 @ ThinkGeek)


Chocolate Cherry Coke Cupcakes

Chocolate Cherry Coke Cupcakes. Yep, these cupcakes sound and look way too refreshing to pass up! These sweet treats are made with a basic chocolate cake mix blended with Coke, topped with a cherry frosting and then drizzled with a cocoa/Coke based glaze. Would a Coke be to much to ask for alongside one of these cupcakes? I don’t think so! (Thx BakingJunkie)