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Spice Bush or Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) - 10  Spicebush (4506720062).jpg 

 

NAME: Spicebush

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Lindera Benzoin / Lauraceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: shade/partial shade, woods
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

allspice

RAW/DRY/COOK

Spring-Fall

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

allspice

RAW/COOK

Spring

Fruits

allspice

DRY/COOK

Fall

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

twigs

allspice

RAW/COOK

All

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Spice. The young leaves, twigs and fruit contain an aromatic essential oil and make a very fragrant tea. The twigs are best gathered when in flower as the nectar adds considerably to the flavour. The dried and powdered fruit (on female trees) is used as a substitute for the spice 'allspice'. The fruit is about the size of an olive. The leaves can also be used as a spice substitute. The new bark is pleasant to chew.

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Aromatic;  Astringent;  Diaphoretic;  Disinfectant;  Febrifuge;  Stimulant;  Tonic.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Disinfectant;  Repellent. The leaves contain small quantities of camphor and can be used as an insect repellent and disinfectant. An oil with a lavender-like fragrance is obtained from the leaves. The fruit, upon distillation, yield a spice-scented oil resembling camphor. An oil smelling of wintergreen is obtained from the twigs and bark.(1)

 

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

  1. http://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lindera+benzoin
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindera_benzoin
  3. https://ouroneacrefarm.com/foraging-spicebush-spicebush-ice-cream-recipe
  4. http://the3foragers.blogspot.com/2012/03/spicebush-identified.html
  5. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Lindera_benzoin
  6. http://www.eattheplanet.org/spicebush-a-warm-fall-woodland-spice