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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Gaultheria procumbens)


Food: The leaves were used as a potherb or eaten as a snack. Bright red berries ripen in autumn and improve with winter freezing so harvest them in the winter or spring.

Medicine: A tea from the leaves eased symptoms of rheumatism. Oil of wintergreen has aspirin-like properties.

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