The spice bush grows along stream banks and in damp woods. The bush grows as tall as 10 feet and the leaves turn a bright gold color in the fall. The flowers are yellow and the leaves and twigs smell very good. The bright red berries are dried in the sun and then pounded to a powder and used instead of the conventional allspice. The bush is also known as the Benjamin bush, wild allspice bush and the fever bush.
Source: "Indian Cookin'", compiled by Herb Walker, 1977
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