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Famous for it’s gum resin. Said to be the best stuff to fight H. Pylori. A shrub in the pistacio family, separate male and female plants, green year round, 3-15 ft (1-5m) high. Oval alternating leaves with light pale colored veins. Very small flowers with red “drupe” berries that turn black later. Yellow-white liquid resin that hardens in sun, can be chewed soft again in mouth. Sap drips out when tree gets small cuts on main branches. Used historically as chewing gum. Historically popular spice, used in all kinds of dishes, deserts and drinks. Used as a base for toothpaste, lotions and creams. Use as breath freshener, for lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, heart attacks, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, skin conditions, lowering mouth plaque, peptic ulcers, H. Pylori, gastritis, duodenal ulcers
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz