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NAME:  Indian Strawberry

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Duchesnea Indica / Rosaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: full sun to partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

 

RAW/DRY/COOK

Summer

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

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bland to sweet

RAW/COOK

Summer

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small for leaves, medium for fruit

 

COMMENT:  Small version of wild strawberry.  Can be slightly sweet under good conditions. Seeds on outside of fruit. Fruit can be added to already sweetened recipes, floats well in punch bowls.  Dried leaves used as a tea.

 

CAUTION: “Strawberry leaf tea is laxative. Do not use wilted leaves. Only fresh or totally dry leaves.” (2)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  High in Vitamin C, Antiseptic;  Astringent;  Emmenagogue;  Galactogogue;  Odontalgic;  Poultice. (1)  Also: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-362/strawberry

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  There is a barren “wild strawberry” with yellow or white flowers that does not fruit and is not listed as edible. Yellow flower variety: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldsteinia_fragarioides   

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:  “The fruits are used as a tooth cleaner. They are held in the mouth, or rubbed over the teeth, to remove tartar.” (1)

 

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

1.      https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Duchesnea+indica 

2.      http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=indian+strawberry

3.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_strawberry 

4.      http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/indian-strawberry.html

5.      https://dengarden.com/gardening/Wild-Strawberries-Versus-Mock-Strawberries  
(good photos comparing difference between Wild and Indian Strawberries)