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Berberis tincture update.

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Remember my berberis tincture?

So I needed some herbs only available from the US (like ginseng leaf). And ordered both barberry (Berberis vulgaris) and Oregon grape root (Mahonia aquifolium) from Blessed Herbs while I was at it, just to see their quality (and I was running out again).

Their "Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia aquafolium" (sic)) is bright yellow.
Their "Barberry Root (Berberis vulgaris)" is brown with a few yellow bits here and there. At least the UK herbal outfit labelled it barberry root bark ...

... argh. So should mahonia root be yellow and barberry root bark brown, as bought in bulk?

Related entries: Barberry bark - Berberis tincture - Signatures