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Lindera benzoin.

Botanical name:

Lindera benzoin Meissn. Lauraceae. Benjamin Bush. Spice Bush.

North America. Barton says the berries partake of the same spicy flavor as the bark and that, during the War of the Revolution, the people of the United States used them dried and powdered as a substitute for allspice. Porcher says the leaves were much used by the Confederate soldiers for making a pleasant, aromatic tea. L. S. Mote says the young twigs and leaves were often used by the early pioneers of Ohio as a substitute for tea and spice.


Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.



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