PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Creeping Snowberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Gaultheria hispidula / Ericaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  moxie-plum

CONDITIONS: shade, wetland forests
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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mint

RAW/COOK

 

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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mint

RAW/COOK

Sep/Oct

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: State protected. Fruit - Pleasantly acid and refreshing, with a delicate flavour of wintergreen. An agreeable sub-acid taste, similar to G. shallon. They can be made into delicious preserves. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter. Leaves - raw or cooked. The leaves are used to make a tea. A mild flavour of wintergreen. Said to be superior to china tea.(1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  "The Algonquin people use an infusion of the leaves as tonic for overeating. They also use the fruit as food. The Anticosti use it as a sedative, and the Micmac take a decoction of the leaves or the whole plant an unspecified purpose. The Ojibwa people use the leaves to make a beverage."(2) “Cancer; Cytostatic; Miscellany. The plant is said to remove the cancerous taint from the body. An infusion of the leaves has been used as a tonic for a person who has overeaten.”(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus

 

OTHER USES:

 

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

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Gaultheria+hispidula
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaultheria_hispidula
  3. http://www.wildfoodshomegarden.com/Snowberry.html
  4. http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/gaultheria_hispidula.shtml