Also known as Oregon grapes, Mahonia berries can be found in Alberta and New Mexico. It comes from a species of flowering shrubs that are common in western North America. The shrubs can grow to 3 feet in height and are about 5 feet wide.
The shrubs and its succulent berries are usually found in evergreen forests or in brush lands in the mountains. They have large seeds and a very tart flavor. Mahonia berries are often combined with sweeter fruits to make jellies.
Benefits of Mahonia Berries
The Mahonia plant and its berries have a long history of use that dates back to the Middle Ages from treating acne to scurvy. Here are some more benefits it offers:
1. Makes Skin Healthier
Topical creams made from the plant are used to maintain skin health and make it glow. It also prevents the overproduction of skin cells that can otherwise lead to psoriasis.
2. Supports the Digestive System
The berries can be used to treat a number of digestive ailments depending on dosage. For example, small doses can be used to treat diarrhea and larger ones can stop constipation.
3. Manages Gut Flora
The flora in your gut should remain in a specific range to maintain a healthy digestive tract. The extract from Mahonia can be used to manage gut flora to prevent E.coli in the intestines.
4. Maintains Liver Health
Mahonia can regulate blood flow to the liver and stimulate the gall bladder to produce more bile. So besides making the liver work more efficiently, the berries also ease digestion.
Our favorite Mahonia berry recipe.
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