Buffaloberry (Sheperdia canadense) 30 Seeds
Other names - Russet buffaloberry, Canada Buffaloberry
The buffalo berry is a winter hardy & drought tolerant nitrogen-fixer, and produces delicious berries that are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants such as lycopene. Buffalo berry was long used by Native Americans for food and other products, but has never been commercialized. The plant is related to Elaeagnus and sea buckthorn and the fruits resemble those of these better-known edibles.
The name may have originated when the fruits were used to spice up buffalo meat and/or when the fruits were ripe it was time for the buffalo hunt.
In late summer the fruits are tart but they get sweeter later in the season and after frosts. They make an exceptional jelly, and can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried. Note that the high level of saponins in fresh fruits can cause digestive irritation if eaten in large amounts.
Plants are either male or female so plant plenty to ensure pollination.
Place seed in a damp peat inside a sealed bag and place in refrigerator for 3 months. Plant in trays. It is recommended to plant out in garden row the first year an then move to permanent location after the plant has gained some size. Tolerates acid to alkaline soils. Drought tolerant once established.