Rosaceae Crataegus chrysocarpa Ashe

Fireberry Hawthorn

Blackfoot - Food, Fruit

Use documented by:
Hellson, John C., 1974, Ethnobotany of the Blackfoot Indians, Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series, page 102

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Scientific name: Crataegus chrysocarpa Ashe
USDA symbol: CRCH (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Fireberry Hawthorn
Family: Rosaceae
Family (APG): Rosaceae
Native American Tribe: Blackfoot
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Fruit
Notes: Berries used for food. Certain conditions had to be met before the berries were eaten. Otherwise, they would cause stomach cramps. The procedure was to offer the tree a gift, for boys a little bow and arrow made from the thorns, for girls a pair of miniature moccasins fashioned from the leaves. In return, the tree would not allow its berries to 'bite' the stomach. The gifts were placed on the tree and the berries collected.

RECRD: 3976 id: 11335