Salmonberry Facts; How Mutch Important, Benificial And Interesting?

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    Salmonberry is a flowering shrub belonging to the Rosaceae or rose family. It bears small edible fruits that have a sweet taste. This North American plant is widely cultivated both for its fruits and flowers.

    Salmonberry Scientific Name

    The scientific name for this plant is Rubus spectabilis.

    Health benefits can be derived from the Salmonberries:

  • These berries are completely cholesterol free.
  • They do not contain any saturated fats.
  • Their high manganese contents make them beneficial for humans.
  • The fruits are also a rich source of the vitamins C and K.
  • The leaves and roots of these shrubs have astringent properties.
  • Their root bark is astringent, analgesic, stomachic and disinfectant.

    Some interesting facts about this fruit and its plant:

  • This edible fruit was a very important food source for the native people of North America.
  • Despite its name, Salmonberry is not a true berry.
  • There are approximately 315,250 seeds in each kilogram of this fruit.
  • Its seeds can be stored for several years at 5 C temperature.
  • The name "Salmonberry" is believed to have derived from the fact that Native Americans
  • traditionally ate this berry with salmon and salmon roe.

    Edible Uses

  • The sweet berries can be eaten raw.
  • They are often used for flavoring candies.
  • Jams and jellies are made from the Salmonberry following simple recipes.
  • They are also used for making wine and other alcoholic beverages.
  • Young shoots of these plants are eaten both raw and cooked like asparagus.
  • The sprouts can be cooked with salmon or many other fishes.
  • Their leaves are sometimes used as substitute for tea.

    Medicinal Uses

  • A poultice made from their leaves is used for dressing burns.
  • Decoction of the roots is used for treating various stomach complaints.
  • The decoction is also useful for lessening labor pain.
  • The bark of these plants is powdered to be used for treating burns and soars.
  • Poultice made from the bark is applied to ease tooth ache and to cure open wounds.