PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Mahonia

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Mahonia bealei / Berberidaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Beale's barberry, Leatherleaf Mahonia

CONDITIONS: shade/partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

acid

RAW/COOK

Summer

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT:  Fruit - raw or cooked. A pleasant acid flavour, it is nice when added to muesli or porridge[K]. Unfortunately, there is relatively little flesh and a lot of seeds. It ripens in (June in PA/NJ) and if the plant is in a sheltered position the crops can be fairly heavy.(1) Many species (2)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Antibacterial;  Antiphlogistic;  Antirheumatic;  Cancer;  Depurative;  Febrifuge;  Tonic. The leaf is febrifuge and tonic. A decoction of the root and stems is antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, depurative and febrifuge.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  hollies

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

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

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Mahonia+bealei
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=mahonia
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_bealei