Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina), Lentisco, is the only plant in its genus. It covers our hillsides with its fragrant foliage, flowers, and edible fruits. Citrus growers have used it as a sentinel plant because it only grows in frost free regions, with a natural range from Gaviota to the Baja California peninsula. I will be making it into both incense and an absolute to showcase its signature aroma of green apples and turpentine, a hallmark of California chaparral.
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