Jun. 23, 2021

Soapberry

Here are pistillate flowers of soapberry. This last weekend a group from the Botany Club trolled the Yoopers. Yoopers live north of the Mackinac Bridge. Trolls live south (under) of the bridge, but don't always stay there. If Yoopers don't want us they shouldn't make all that fudge!. And the soapberries were ripe. I had tried some previously, so I left them alone this time. Indigenous people also had a variety of medical uses for soapberry. The Dakelh people noted that the berries appear at the same time as mosquito season. They believed this a divine sign that the berries could relieve bite irritation. They did seem to coincide in the Upper Peninsula this weekend, but we didn't try this remedy. On the other hand I thought it worked for ticks. . .