Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Edible Wild Plants/Spicebush

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Spicebush


Description: The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen depending on species, and are alternate, entire or three-lobed, and strongly spicy-aromatic. The flowers are small, yellowish, with six petaloid sepals and no petals. The fruit is a small red, purple or black drupe containing a single seed

Where found: Native to eastern Asia but with three species in eastern North America.

Availability: Late Summer, Early Fall

Use: The fruits of the spice bush can (as the name suggests) used as a spice.
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