Bunch of ripened black Smilax berries in Alentejo, Portugal

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Bunch of ripened black Smilax berries in Alentejo, Portugal

By Bonnie L. Grant Smilax is becoming quite a popular plant lately. What are Smilax vines? Smilax is an edible wild plant that is making some inroads in the agriculture industry. All parts of the plant are nutritious and delicious. Smilax vines in the garden can provide a unique food source while adding natural beauty. The vines are cover and fodder for numerous wild birds and animals, and its tubers, stems, leaves, and berries can all be used in various recipes. What is Smilax? Smilax is also known as greenbrier and occasionally carrion vine, due to its intense, slightly unpleasant scent. Other names for the plant include catbrier, bamboo vine and jackson vine. It is a common forage food found along the east coast of the United States. Smilax plant uses throughout history range from food to medicinal. Noteworthy in Smilax information references is its potential use to treat dementia

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