Poor man’s lol­lipops

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THE sorb cider that Charles Quest-rit­son lauds in Hessen (In the gar­den, Oc­to­ber 4) was a drink in­tro­duced by the Ro­mans and for which the Latin name (cere­visia) is re­spon­si­ble for the an­gli­cised name of our true ser­vice tree. How­ever, Sor­bus do­mes­tica, fea­tured in his ar­ti­cle, is not the wild ser­vice tree known to those of us who fre­quent the edges of wood­land in Kent. That is Sor­bus tormi­nalis, also the source of sweet-tast­ing sorbs, which school­child­ren used to pick dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. They were known in these parts as ‘poor man’s lol­lipops’. Pere­grine Massey, Kent

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