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Ericaceae, Arctostaphylos spp., Manzanita

November 4, 2010

Related to madrone, arbutus and blueberries, there are 106 species of Manzanita.

Traditional uses of the plant include collecting the berries, drying, and grinding them up into a coarse meal. Fresh berries and branch tips were also soaked in water to make a refreshing cider. When the bark curls off, it can be used as a tea for nausea and upset stomach.

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