|Shepherdia argentea, western Nevada|
Shepherdia, commonly called buffaloberries or bullberries, are a genus of small shrubs in the Elaeagnaceae Family.
The genus has three species:
- Shepherdia argentea — Silver buffaloberry.
- Shepherdia canadensis — Canada buffaloberry.
- Shepherdia rotundifolia — Round-leaf buffaloberry; endemic to southern Utah and northern Arizona.
The berry is recognizable by being a dark shade of red, with little white dots on them. They are rough to the touch, and found on both trees and shrubs.
Buffaloberries are edible by humans. They are quite sour, and afterwards leave the mouth a little dry. A touch of frost will sweeten the berries. The berries can be made into jelly, jam, or syrup, soups, or prepared like cranberry sauce from berries.
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