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March 08, 2004



hmmm...maybe rosehips (often used in tea, quite tart), or redcurrants, or cranberries????


look like dried cranberries to me, with which I have an intimate relationship as I suffer from cystitis. The fact that they're used in tea, however, would suggest haws, or rosehips, as mentioned in a previous post. Being Austrian, a German word springs to mind, "Berberitze" or English "barberry", but I have to admit that I have no idea what they are, what they taste like or what you use them for... but given the name, I guess this is your best bet!?


definitely cranberries. i have a bag from trader joe's and they are twins!


Thanks for all the helpfull guesses. Cranberries they aren't: the stall had dried cranberries for sale. I think Johanna is right. It's probably Berberitze or barberry. Haven't tried tea yet but they're OK with cornflakes and muesli or plain, if you like sour tastes. I'm actually thinking of using them sprinkled on pilaf rice... I'll let you know.


I think these are called zereshk or zereshg.
Don't ask me how I know- I've never tasted them.
Look here:


Gabi, thanks that's exactly what I bought!

Tilli (Mojave Desert)

Is this the same as "sumac"?


Tilli, berberries are not summac. After the helpful pointers left from the other readers I've made some research (helpful sometimes to have a big University library at your disposal!) and found out a bit mora about this plant. Berberry plants (berberis vulgaris) parts (leaves)are usual used as herbal drugs. The berries are tiny and i could only find some reference to their use in tea or Iranian Pulao. Summac belongs to a different family altogether, it is a relative of cashew. More info's here:

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