Wild Cherry Bark (Prunus Serotina) Herbal Tea (4oz/113g) - Swedish Bitters Herb Company Private Stock
Latin (botanical) name: Prunus Serotina
Common names: Wild Cherry, Virginian Prune, Black Cherry, Black Choke, Choke Cherry, Rum Cherry
Plant Description: Prunus, the Wild Cherry, is a large tree, 50-80 feet tall, and 2-4 feet in diameter. It is widely distributed in woods throughout North America, especially in the Northern and Central states. Wild Cherry grows from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick west to Southern Quebec and Ontario into Michigan and eastern Minnesota; south to Iowa, extreme eastern Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, then east to central Florida.The bark is rough and black on older trunks, and separates naturally from the tree trunk. The bark that is used is younger, smooth, glossy and reddish brown. The fruit is a nearly spherical, purple-black drupe, around 1.5cm in diameter, ripening in late summer and autumn. Wild Cherry produces deciduous, alternate, oblong or ovate leaves with serrated margins. The upper surface of the leaves is glossy and somewhat thick. The Wild Cherry blossoms in May with white flowers in erect terminal racemes; an occasional solitary flower will bloom in the axils of the leaves. Around August or September, the fruit of the Wild Cherry ripens. It is about the size of a pea, black or tinged with purple, globular drupe that is edible, but with a bitter taste.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.