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Oregon Grapes
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Posted By: Banskojoe, 07-11-2018, 09:52 AM

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07-11-2018, 10:16 AM   #2
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Nice grapes !!
Is this what they use in Oregon for wine making?
I've heard good things about the wines from the northwestern shores.
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Yes, Oregon produces world-quality wines, but not from these grapes.

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Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon-grape[4] or Oregon grape) is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to western North America. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 1 m (3 ft) tall by 1.5 m (5 ft) wide, with pinnate leaves consisting of spiny leaflets, and dense clusters of yellow flowers in early spring, followed by dark bluish-black berries.[5]

The small purplish-black fruits, which are quite tart and contain large seeds, are included in smaller quantities in the traditional diets of Pacific Northwest aboriginal peoples, mixed with salal or another sweeter fruit. Today, they are sometimes used to make jelly, alone or mixed with salal.[17] Oregon-grape juice can be fermented to make wine, similar to European barberry wine folk traditions, although it requires an unusually high amount of sugar.[18]The inner bark of the larger stems and roots of Oregon-grape yields a yellow dye; the berries give purple dye.[19] As the leaves of Oregon-grape are holly-like and resist wilting, the foliage is sometimes used by florists for greenery and a small gathering industry has been established in the Pacific Northwest.
Herbal medicine[edit]
Some Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Plateau used Oregon grape for dyspepsia.[20]
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Great shot lovely colors.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Banskojoe Quote
One of my favorite snaps
love the colours! really great shot!

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