Make some lemonade, and then…

Most of the time, when we ask people in Honduras what they know  about soapberries, they tell us about their mother or grandmother who used them.  They usually don’t remember any particular details beyond the fact that they would play with the seeds like marbles.  And then…

The other day we were visiting with friends who are experimenting with soapberries because the wife is very allergic to most soaps.  Apparently our friend not only has sensitive skin, but a sensitive nose.  She likes using the berries for her hands, but not the smell of the soapberry liquid.  Then she met a lady in town who “uses soapberries for cleaning everything.”  We don’t find a lot of people who are still using soapberries besides those we have re-introduced to them, so that really perked our interest.  This lady cooks up the berries to use as a cleanser, but adds lemon rind to the mix.  What a great idea!  It gives the liquid a nice fragrance and adds  more cleaning power.

In Honduras, there is a large lemon called limón real that is not terribly popular for making lemonade, but has a thick skin which works great to cook up with the soapberries, but I don’t see why any sort of lemon rind wouldn’t work. So, next time you have some lemons, make some lemonade, but save the skins for using with your soapberries!

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