Botanical Name: Schisandra chinensis
Schisandra chinensis is referred to by various common names including magnolia berry and five-flavor-fruit. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is said to contain all five basic flavors: salty, sweet, sour, pungent, and bitter. The fruits of a deciduous woody vine native to forests of northern China and eastern Russia, schisandra berries are typically manufactured in these regions as juices, wines, extracts, and sweets. The berries can be macerated in fruit juice, tinctured, and infused as schisandra berry tea.
Chinese folklore says that Schisandra can "calm the heart and quiet the spirit", and it has a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Schisandra, also known as Magnolia vine due to its ability to grow upwards in a creeping fashion, is a native to Northern China, Russia, and parts of Korea. An ornamental plant found in many fine gardens throughout the world, schisandra is a woody vine with oval pink leaves and bright red berries.
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