The name "flour berry" probably comes from the fact that the red dried and ground fruits of the shrub were added to the ordinary flour for baking bread or replaced it entirely, especially in post-war times.

Taste. The flour berry tastes mealy, mushy and slightly sweet. Due to the content of parasorbic acid, the fruits can cause stomach upset if eaten raw.

Effect. The fruits, raw or brewed as a tea, are effective against diarrhea, but also used for constipation. They are also used for cough, kidney and menstrual problems.