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THE BRAMBLES: SORTING THROUGH THE THICKET OF RUBUS TERMINOLOGY with herbalist, Susan Belsinger 

THE BRAMBLES: SORTING THROUGH THE THICKET OF RUBUS TERMINOLOGY with herbalist, Susan Belsinger 

THE BRAMBLES: SORTING THROUGH THE THICKET OF RUBUS TERMINOLOGY with herbalist, Susan Belsinger 

Thursday, March 24

7-8 pm

This program highlights Rubus, Herb of the Year 2020. In delving deeper into this subject, I found that there are many botanical terms that I felt necessary to research and better define—so with detailed illustrations and photos, I will share what I have learned about these prolific plants. I will define plant parts as well as tell you how to differentiate blackberries from raspberries, whether they are wild or cultivated.

Rubus spp., members of the Rosaceae, are a prickly bunch commonly referred to as brambles or brambleberries, and sometimes caneberries.  They include berries that we know and love like raspberries and blackberries as well as wineberries, dewberries, marionberries, tayberries, cloudberries and more. While we consume these fruits in many ways from fresh to preserved, in beverages, vinegars, jams, jellies, baked goods, desserts, salads and more, we don’t often think to use their leaves.

The foliage of Rubus has been used for centuries in remedies from easing female maladies to indigestion and stomach complaints, sore throats and tonsillitis, and all sorts of skin conditions from wounds, sores and eczema to burns and skin ulcerations. You will leave inspired to use and celebrate these delicious as well as healing herbs more often in your everyday life!

Members free; non-members $5

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