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- Joined: 9:18 PM - May 16, 2005
The spice berries (Lindera benzoin) are just beginning to ripen here in SE PA and appear to be very abundant this year. I picked about a cup of them this morning to add to jars of Asian pears I'll be canning this evening. The berries have a unique taste similar to allspice that is very pleasant with fruit, especially apples and pears. The berries can be used fresh or can be frozen. They contain essential oils and therefor don't dry well and rapidly turn rancid. The red flesh is thin and covers a large soft shelled seed that can be chopped or crushed with the berry and added to your recipe.
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