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July 2017 News — Stealing Palmetto Berries

July 2017 News — Stealing Palmetto Berries

As if poachers, tree thieves, trespassers and drug makers weren’t enough to worry about, now landowners (especially in Florida) must worry about berry pickers. Palmetto berries are becoming a big business in Florida. Since 1994, when federal laws were relaxed, processed saw palmetto berries have become one of the nation’s top-selling dietary supplements. Europeans have known for decades that the berries appear to improve urinary flow in men with enlarged prostates. That translates into big business. State experts in Florida say Palmetto berries fuel a multi-million-dollar industry. The berries that were green in May are ripe this time of year, so berry picking season is in full swing. Palmetto berries grow from coastal sand dunes to inland pine woods. Palmetto berries are picked off a bush…. actually, big bushes. The Palmetto bushes grow in thickets. Sometimes they are so thick they are hard to move through even if you crawl.   Read more here…  July 2017 — Palmetto Berries Keeping Thieves and Landowners Busy

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