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NAME: Beach Plum

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Prunus Maritima / Rosaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun, sand
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

sweet/lemon

RAW/COOK

Aug-Sep

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

RAW/COOK

 Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT: Fruit - very variable in quality, the best forms are sub-acid to sweet, the fruit can be eaten out of hand, used in pies, preserves etc or be dried for later use. Seed - raw or cooked.

 

CAUTION: Do not eat the seed if it is too bitter - see notes on toxicity.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Vitamin C

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Dye;  Soil stabilization. A green dye can be obtained from the leaves. A dark grey to green dye can be obtained from the fruit. Plants have extensive root systems and can be used for binding sand along the coast.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Prunus+maritima
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_maritima
  3. http://joshfecteau.com/foraging-wild-fruit-beach-plum