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Hemidesmus indicus & Smilax medica

sarsaparilla

plant overview
won the wild west

Sarsaparilla is a term many people associate with a soft drink that was particularly popular in American west in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, however, the soda’s tang is largely due to artificial flavorings rather than natural sarsaparilla root. In addition to flavor, all of the vine-like plants in this genus contain several active compounds in their roots, including a variety of minerals and antioxidants such as stigmasterol, kaempferol and quercetin. While powdered sarsaparilla is usually added to baked goods and beverages or taken in capsule form, the dried root is tinctured or used to make teas and syrups.

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Sarsaparilla
Hemidesmus indicus & Smilax medica

sarsaparilla

plant overview
won the wild west

Sarsaparilla is a term many people associate with a soft drink that was particularly popular in American west in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, however, the soda’s tang is largely due to artificial flavorings rather than natural sarsaparilla root. In addition to flavor, all of the vine-like plants in this genus contain several active compounds in their roots, including a variety of minerals and antioxidants such as stigmasterol, kaempferol and quercetin. While powdered sarsaparilla is usually added to baked goods and beverages or taken in capsule form, the dried root is tinctured or used to make teas and syrups.

01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on sarsaparilla

description
indian sarsaparilla
Hemidesmus indicus, otherwise known as Indian sarsaparilla, is a species of plant in the Apocynaceae family.

This sometimes prostrate and sometimes semi-erect shrub is slender, twining, and laticiferous. Its aromatic roots are woody and produce the stem which is numerous, slender, terete, and thickened at the nodes.

The plant's leaves are opposite, short-petioled, and very variable, elliptic-oblong to linear-lanceolate. Outside the flowers are greenish, and inside are purplish, they are crowded in sub-sessile axillary cymes. The root is a substitute for Smilax spp. of sarsaparilla.

mexican sarsaparilla
Smilax medica, otherwise known as Mexican sarsaparilla, is a species of plant in the Smilacaceae family.

Its angular stem is armed at its joints with straight prickles, and a few hooked ones at intervals.

The paper-like leaves of mexican sarsaparilla are bright green on both sides, smooth, shortly acuminate, cordate, auriculate, five-nerved prominent veins underneath and otherwise variable in form. When aged, mid-rib and petioles have straight, subulate prickles, peduncles three lines to an inch. The umbels have twelve flowers with the pedicle three lines long.

common names & nomenclature
Sarsaparilla is from the late 16th century Spanish zarzaparilla, from zarza meaning "bramble" + a diminutive of parra meaning "vine."

Also known as:
Hemidesmus indicus: false sarsaparilla

Smilex medica: catbriers, greenbriers, prickly-ivys, Smilax aristolochiifolia

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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