Bayberry Candles

David W. Kramer kramer.8 at OSU.EDU
Mon Oct 21 07:35:09 EST 1996


>Greetings from PEI!
>
>Does anyone know how to extract the wax from bayberries in order to make
>candles?
>
>Laura
>lacross at peinet.pe.ca

Laura,
According to Simpson and Ogorzaly. 1995.  Economic Botany: Plants in Our
World. 2nd Ed.  NY: McGraw Hill, p 348:
"Early settlers in the northeast collected the fruits of the bayberry,
Myrica pensylvanica (Myrticaceae), and boiled the berries to melt off the
wax.  The wax, scooped from the surfaces of the boiling cauldrons, cooled
and was laer remelted for use in candles."


Dr. David W. Kramer
Department of Plant Biology
Ohio State University at Mansfield
1680 University Drive
Mansfield, OH  44906
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e-mail:  kramer.8 at osu.edu





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