Maianthemum canadense – Canada Mayflower

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Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) is a native plant that can be found on forest floors.
Canada mayflower has 1-3 shiny dark green leaves. The plant is less than 6 inches tall. In the fall, the plant has small red berries that have 1-2 seeds per berry.
Fully ripe berries are edible raw or cooked. They have a flavor similar to dried cranberries. Berries are rich in vitamins A and C. The plant has also been used medicinally for headaches and sore throats.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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