The Fáberige grows in
cool, mild conditions, usually with gentle rainfall. In spring, their short
stems are emblished with tiny white flowers of petite and delicate make, framed
by broad leaves. When the spring turns to summer, these petals fall and by late
summer and spring are replaced by luscious heart-shaped
fruits, whose skin is covered with tiny yellow seeds. The plant is known for
this fruit, which is very popular both for its delicious taste and for its
Appearance. The Fáberige grows close to the ground, almost like a vine would, though it grows far slower than most vines. They also have fairly short stems and a rather shallow root system. The stems themselves are usually a yellowy green hue, usually no more than half a nailsbreadth in diameter, and are covered with small spines that protrude from the surface. The spines rarely grow over about a grain long and are far thinner in diameter. Because of their small size, these spines will not piece the skin, though they may cause discomfort or slight irritation to the skin.
The leaves of the Fáberige are broad compared to their length, averaging 2 ½ nailsbreadths wide and a little over 3 nailsbreaths from where they leave their leaf-stem to the tip of the leaf point. The leaves are relatively smooth for the first 1/3 of the leaf follow its divergence from the leaf-stem, then becomes serrated, jagged. The leaf itself is colored in a hue similar to the stem, though the leaves will sometimes be a darker shade of green.
Often the Fáberige will have blooms in mid to late spring. Its flowers are usually rather petite, being just over a nailsbreadth in diameter. It has white, rounded little leaves and a yellow center from which stamen protrude in clusters about the center perimeter. The sepals of thee flowers are rather large, and often the furry sepal tips can be seen sticking out between the petals. The flowers have a fresh and pleasant odor that seems to remind many of spring. It is sometimes said among the hobbits, who often grow the Fáberige that, “it isn’t truly spring until the Fáberige flower blooms”.
In early and mid summer the small, delicate white petals of the Fáberige flower falls away and the sepals remain. From there, the Fáberige fruit begins to grow, which is what the plant is known for. Fáberige fruit usually starts out greenish white, but as it ripens, it slowly becomes a bright red or blue, depending on the plant. The fruit itself can grow in a number of shapes depending, but most have a shape roughly similar to that of a heart. Over the outside of the fruit, on the skin, grows yellow seeds, only a few grains long. The fruit varies in size depending on the weather, but averages about 3 ½ nailsbreadths. The fruit is very sweet after it has ripened around late summer or fall.
Territory. The Fáberige will grow in any number of soil conditions, but prefers areas with a rather mild climate. They tend to prefer cool areas with decent rainfall, and thus are known for growing a few strals inland from the seas or sometimes near lakes and rivers where it is sure to rain often. They need plenty of sunlight, though, to give their fruit a rich shape juicy inside. They are known for growing in places throughout Sarvonia, though usually in mid and southern Sarvonia, and in parts of Nybelmar and Denilou.
They can be grown as a crop in almost any place if the above requirements are meant, but in Santharia will grow wild on the Aurora Plain, the Heath of Jernais, the Steppe of Kruswick, and other plain-like areas. They will even sprout on the edge of some forests such as the Quallian, Auturian, and Zeiphyrian. As crops, the Elverground is known to produce thousands upon thousands of bushels each year. They thrive as well in hobbit shires, like the Alanian Hills. They are an easy plant, by any means, to grow.
Usages. The Fáberige fruit is a delicious fruit that is much loved both for its taste and its shape. Fáberige fruit is often used in pastries and deserts. They can be used to make tarts and even pies, sometimes. They can be dipped in thick, sweetened milk as a delicious snack or after-dinner treat, or dipped in kao-kao cream. Some even chop them up and put them in cereals. Many, however, simply enjoy eating them plain, sweet and juicy as they are.
Fáberige fruit is often made into jelly. In fact, it is one of the more popular, if not the most popular, kind of jelly in Santharia. It is a delicious addition to breads and is sometimes used as fill for pastries. However, the uses of the Fáberige fruit do not stop there. If allowed to ferment, the Fáberige fruit can be made into delicious wine, either colored a romantic purple or a delightful whitish-yellow, depending on the color of the skin. The wine is usually rather sweet.
The shape of the Fáberige tends to add a certain charm to the fruit itself. Many think it to be a fruit of childhood and love because of its heart-shape, though the love it seems to symbolize it more one of a child’s affection for their parent or the love a sibling to another. It has also come to be thought of as the taste of summer turning to fall, when it is usually harvested.
Reproduction. The flowers of the Fáberige plant bloom in mid to late spring, giving the air a sweet fragrance. Through this flower, one plant can share pollen with another plant in the area with the help of malises, flies, or other such insects, or even by the wind. If there are no other plants around, the plant can pollenate itself. When summer begins to move in, the petals fall away and the fruit begins to grow, starting from a greenish white, but ripening into a vivid red or blue.
The Fáberige grows seeds on its skin, and though it is true that these can be used to grow new Fáberige plants, it is not a method that is commonly used, because its success rate is rather low. The Fáberige plant sends out shoots from its main body, called “runners”, that reach out across the ground and eventually release roots into the soil and begin forming a stem, thus creating a new Fáberige plant. These new plants will then grow fruit of their own.
Myth/Lore. Perhaps because of the time it is harvested or because of the innocent love it symbolizes, the Fáberige and its fruit have come to symbolize Dalireen, the Hobbit Deity of Bards and of Innocence. The harvest time has always been a very joyous time for celebration, because the hobbits are finally able to see the result of the plants they sewed in spring. They see how well they did that year, and how many crops were brought in. The fruits the harvest brings in this time helps to reinforce the need to celebrate. The Fall celebrations often include Fáberige fruit.
The Fáberige fruit has the shape of a heart, which is often thought of as innocent love, like that of a child to a parent or to another sibling. This innocence is something Dalireen has come to protect, and thus is commonly thought of as being symbolized by this fruit. Those who do not believe in Dalireen, for she is a hobbit deity, will commonly associate the Fáberige with Jeyriall, the Santharian Goddess of the Harvest.
Information provided by Rayne Avalotus