Common name: Hawthorne fruit
Chinese name: Shan Zha
Uses: Treating hypertension, reducing cholesterol, improving cardiovascular health (blood flow, abnormal heart rhythms)
The lowdown: According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea drove his staff into the ground once in Somerset, England, and a Hawthorne tree sprouted full of berries that probably would've helped relieve the abnormal heart rhythm caused by this magical feat of nature.
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