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Spice Bush Blossom

Linda Costello Hinchey

Saltville, United States

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This species is native to SW Virginia (USA) in the middle Appalachian Mnts. www.chstudios.net
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Family: Lauraceae – Laurel family
Genus Common Name: Spicebush
Native Status: Native
Lindera benzoin – Northern Spicebush.
Lindera benzoin is a shrub of moist forest understories, growing to 15-20 feet tall. This spreading bush is a native member of the laurel family. You can make tea from the aromatic leaves and twigs. Crush or scratch the thin, brittle twigs, or any part of spicebush to release its lemony-spicy fragrance. The spiciest parts are the hard, oval, stalked, scarlet berries, each with one large seed. They grow in clusters, from the leaf axils of the female bushes, in autumn. The berries, which taste a little like allspice, are an irreplaceable seasoning for me. Rinse them, pat them dry, and chop them in a blender or spice grinder. If you have neither, put them under a towel and crush them with a hammer. Some people remove the seeds, but I crush them along with the rest of the berries.
Source:Info. and more info. and recipes from the following link.
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/...

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