PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Japanese honeysuckle

LATIN NAME / FAMILY: Lonicera japonica / Caprifoliaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun/partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

 

BOIL 2x

Spring

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

+nectar

sweet

RAW/COOK

Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  Leaves - cooked. The parboiled leaves are used as a vegetable. Flowers - sucked for their sweet nectar, used as a vegetable or made into a syrup and puddings.(1)

 

CAUTION: The leaves contain saponins. Saponins are quite toxic but are poorly absorbed by the human body and so most pass through without harm. They can be found in many common foods such as some beans. Thorough cooking, and perhaps changing the cooking water once, will normally remove most of the saponins.(1) 

 

Lesser known native species:
https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/lonicera/canadensis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diervilla_lonicera

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-512/honeysuckle

Antibacterial;  Antiinflammatory;  Antispasmodic;  Antiviral;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Skin;  TB;  VD.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  There are several deadly honeysuckles, so make sure you have the safe-to-eat Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica).(4)

 

OTHER USES: Basketry;  Insecticide.(1) Nectar source for bees & butterflies (4)

 

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

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Lonicera+japonica
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/honeysuckle-heaven-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonicera_japonica   
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/11/japanese-honeysuckle.html (good photos)