Product: Buckthorn Bark
Latin Name: Frangula alnus syn. Rhamnus frangula
Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Other Names: Alder Buckthorn, Butcher’s Prickwood, Hart’s Thorn, Black Dogwood, Frangula Bark, Alder Dogwood, Arraclán, Buckthorn, Frángula, Frangula, Glossy Buckthorn & Nerprun Bourdaine.
Description: Despite its name the buckthorn has no thorns; it is a tall deciduous shrub which grows to a height of between 4-5 metres. It is native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The yellowy-green leaves are glossy and oval and about 7 cm in length, they come from the stem in alternate. The alder buckthorn has greenish white flowers approximately 3 to 4mm in size, the flowers produce green berries about the size of a pea which turn red and then black as they ripen.
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SUGGESTED USECharcoal from alder buckthorn is used in the manufacture of gunpowder, it is well suited to the job igniting readily and burning evenly and slowly. A yellow dye can be obtained from the leaves and bark, the unripe fruit produces a green dye which is very effective when used for dyeing wool and the ripe berries give a blue or grey dependant on the mordant used. In some regions of France honey made from the flowers of Alder Buckthorn (Miel de bourdaine) is very popular.
Shelf LifeShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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