11 responses to “Salvadora persica”

  1. Alan Butler

    Nice photo! Having travelled much in Arabia I am familiar with the little sticks sold in the street and have tried them. They taste a bit like liquorice. As far as I know they are roots not twigs.They certainly look like roots. I agree the plant should be grown more widely!

    1. Wendy L Cutler

      The Miswak link in the article says, “The brush may be created by cutting Salvadora persica’s branches instead of its roots; keeping in mind that the tree’s roots can retain moisture more so than its branches. This favors more long-term usage.”

  2. Prudence Hall

    If I hadn’t seen this entry for Salvadora persica and had seen the plant and its fruits in the field I would have suspected it was a member of the Loranthaceae. Fascinating entry. Thank you!

  3. Wendy L Cutler

    That one-photo link surely is the world champion of the species. The Wikipedia article says that the tree grows to a maximum height is 3 meters, is usually a small tree or shrub, which is what is shown on the gbif page.

    1. Midu Hadi

      I have seen large sized trees as well. Might be the soil salinity that stunts growth.

  4. Sharon Renwick

    There are quite a few miswak toothbrushes sold on Amazon. Sadly, most seem to come in individual plastic containers, which undoes the great idea of getting away from plastic. But hopefully that tide will turn. Thank you for the great picture and information.

  5. Linda

    Very interesting and informative entry. Thank you.

  6. Midu Hadi

    I did my PhD thesis on this plant. It is also found inland and on the coast in Pakistan. The fruits taste sweet but peppery. They pulp makes your skin tingle and itch. You can find different colored fruits on the same plant. Preliminary tests showed they don’t differ in chemical composition. It would be awesome to find out why the plant keeps producing different colors, especially when most new plants dont even grow from seeds!

  7. Danae Yurgel

    Anyone know USDA Zone hardiness for this amazing plant? I know the northern extensions of plants from the Mediterranean (quince, pistachio, etc.) keep getting updated …

    1. Carmella

      I did read somewhere zone 9, but another person commented that USDA zone 7 was suggested in another article. Since they are smallish trees, they could probably be grown in pots and kept pruned. Has anyone tried Bonsai with them?!

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