|Shepherdia argentea, western Nevada|
Shepherdia, commonly called buffaloberry or bullberry, is a genus of small shrubs in the Elaeagnaceae family. The plants are native to northern and western North America. They are non-legume nitrogen fixers.
The genus has three species:
- Shepherdia argentea — silver buffaloberry
- Shepherdia canadensis — Canada buffaloberry
- Shepherdia rotundifolia — roundleaf 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 are 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 sweetens the berries. They can be made into jelly, jam, or syrup, soups, or prepared like cranberry sauce from berries.
- "Shepherdia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
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- Elias, Professor, Thomas S. (1983). Edible Wild Plants A North American Field Guide (Digitized online by Google books). Peter A. Dykeman. Cengage Learning. pp. 9–28, 258. ISBN 0-442-22254-8. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
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