Buffalo Berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
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Because of its saponin content, the fruit is a potential soap substitute. It is macerated in water to extract the saponins.
A decoction of the branches has been used as a hair tonic for dyeing and curling the hair. The branches were harvested in mid summer, broken up and boiled for 2 – 3 hours in water, until the liquid looked like brown coffee. The liquid was decanted off and bottled without further treatment – it would store for a long time without deterioration. To use, the decoction was rubbed into the hair which was simultaneously curled and dyed a brownish colour.
The berries, the froth made from them, or a jelly of the fruit, have been eaten as an insect repellent. It was said that mosquitoes were far less likely to bite a person who had eaten the fruit.
Cultivation & Habitat
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