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Wild Berries & Cashews

The schisandra berry, also known as the five-flavor berry, has been consumed in China in juices, jams, savory soups, and as medicine long before it was touted by Dr. Oz and became a superfood in the U.S. This berry is now back in the spotlight with increasing focus on conservation efforts surrounding the forest where it grows. On the other side of the globe, at the Amazon rain forest, researchers found that domesticated trees and palm species, such as cacao, cashews, and the açaí palm, were five times more likely to dominate the modern Amazonian forest than nondomesticated trees. This finding changes our understanding of the history of the Amazon rain forest.

How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China’s Giant Pandas And Its Countryside – NPR: The Salt

How the Amazon’s Cashews and Cacao Point to Cultivation by the Ancients – The New York Times


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